Electromagnetic Optics of Thin-Film Coatings

The field of thin-film coatings (TFCs) covers a variety of very diverse subjects ranging from giant field enhancement in dielectric stacks to light scattering to thin-film optical filters. The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to TFCs that is oriented towards electromagnetic applications.

It is the theoretical aspect that distinguishes this book from existing textbooks, in particular its mathematical description, clear and well-written explanations, and very enlightening discussions of TFC—from multilayer stacks to planar microcavities. This book is intended primarily for advanced graduate students in photonics and optical engineering. Overall, it makes for rewarding reading, and I recommend it to all students of TFCs.

Review by Christian Brosseau, Optica Fellow and professor of physics, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or its publisher, Optica (formerly OSA).

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