Light-Matter Interaction: Physics and Engineering at the Nanoscale

ISBN : 9780198567660

John Weiner; Frederico Nunes
280 ページ
176 x 245 mm

This book draws together the essential elements of classical electrodynamics, surface wave physics, plasmonic materials, and circuit theory of electrical engineering to provide insight into the essential physics of nanoscale light-matter interaction and to provide design methodology for practical nanoscale plasmonic devices. A chapter on classical and quantal radiation also highlights the similarities (and differences) between the classical fields of Maxwell's equations and the wave functions of Schrodinger's equation. The aim of this chapter is to provide a semiclassical picture of atomic absorption and emission of radiation, lending credence and physical plausibility to the "rules" of standard wave-mechanical calculations. The structure of the book is designed around five principal chapters, but many of the chapters have extensive "complements" that either treat important digressions from the main body or penetrate deeper into some fundamental issue. Furthermore, at the end of the book are several appendices to provide readers with a convenient reference for frequently-occurring special functions and explanations of the analytical tools, such as vector calculus and phasors, needed to express important results in electromagnetics and waveguide theory.


1. Historical Synopsis of Light-Matter Interaction
2. Elements of Classical Electromagnetic Field Theory
Complement A Energy Flow in Polarizable Matter
Complement B Macroscopic Polarization from Microscopic Polarizability
Complement C The Classical Charged Oscillator and the Dipole Antenna
3. Surface Waves
4. Transmission Lines, Waveguides, and Equivalent Circuits
5. Radiation in Classical and Quantal Atoms
Complement D Classical Blackbody Radiation
Appendix A Systems of Units in Electromagnetism
Appendix B Review of Vector Calculus
Appendix C Gradient, divergence and curl in cylindrical and polar coordinates
Appendix D Properties of Phasors
Appendix E Properties of the Laguerre Functions
Appendix F Properties of the Legendre functions
Appendix G Properties of the Hermite polynomials


John Weiner, Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paulo ; Frederico Nunes, Professor, Federal University of Pernambuco