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Optoelectronics & Photonics: Principles & Practices (2nd Edition) [Hardcover]

Safa O. Kasap

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Oct. 15 2012 0132151499 978-0132151498 2

For one-semester, undergraduate-level courses in Optoelectronics and Photonics, in the departments of electrical engineering, engineering physics, and materials science and engineering.


This text takes a fresh look at the enormous developments in electo-optic devices and associated materials.


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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the BEST!!! Jan. 20 2013
By X.Meng - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a graduate student at Columbia University working on Photonics. I am very happy to find the second edition on Amazon.

After reading it through, I have to say this book is PERFECT, totally deserve a five-star! The book itself is very well written, the explanations are clear and precise, which make this subject very easy to understand. It introduced the basic but adequate science background of each type of opto-devices, come with nice figures, great examples and intuitive analysis. There are also plenty of practice problems and additional topics allow the reader the expand and deepen the understanding of each subject. The book also includes lot of excellent historical photographs, which make it more enjoyable to read.

I happen to find out that lots of my colleagues from Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, etc. used this book as their Photonics textbook as well. Now, it becomes one of the very important references on my book shelf and I am highly recommend this book to others who want to join the field of Photonics. After you read it, you won't regret to have it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding undergraduate Photonics textbook! Nov. 27 2012
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I used the first edition of this textbook as an undergraduate in an introductory photonics course and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a current graduate student pursuing research in photonics, I was delighted to find that a second edition was made and picked it up the first chance I got.

When I started flipping through the pages of this book, I immediately noticed that a lot had changed since the first edition. It is clear that a great deal of care was taken to refine and expand explanations and derivations where necessary. Subjects that I felt needed a bit of clarification in the first edition are now absolutely clear on a first read. Furthermore, many new figures and examples have been added to every chapter which will help students to visualize and conceptualize better in their analysis, design and problem solving.

In terms of new content, I wouldn't know where to begin - so much important work has been added to the text since the last version. The new material was woven into this book so seamlessly that it is hard for me to pick a few favorite new additions. As one reviewer already mentioned, I too was delighted by the expansion on EDFAs and the addition of photonic crystals to the text. There is too much new content to highlight it all, but some of the other sections I was happy to see expanded and added include WDM/DWDM, practical photodiode circuits, image sensors, pulsed lasers, as well as a lot of new content on different kinds of optical fibers (e.g. low water peak fibers). This textbook is a total rewrite of the first edition which incorporates advances in photonics in the past 10 or so years.

Like Kasap's other books (including the first edition of this text), this text reads extremely well compared with other standard undergraduate engineering texts. His writing style allows the reader to "see the forest through the trees" which is difficult to do in a subject so closely related to fundamental physics. This book has just the right amount of derivations and mathematical explanations without being tedious to an undergraduate at first exposure. Moreover, it contains much better explanations of concepts than I have seen in any other undergraduate photonics text. The last thing I noticed is that the number of end-of-chapter problems is now more than double the original textbook which adds more variety for instructors. I would highly recommend this textbook for undergraduate course study in photonics or to someone looking for a better conceptual understanding of many photonics subjects.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best textbook in this field Nov. 19 2012
By Patrick McNally - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is quite simply unsurpassed for teaching upper undergraduate engineers or physics majors all that they will need to know at this stage in their careers on the interlinked topics of Optoelectronics and Photonics. In fact it is no stretch to say that graduate students will also have a lot to gain from reading this tome, as Prof Kasap's clarity of explanation is second to none. I used to say this about the first edition and continued to recommend this book to my colleagues. Now I will have to do so even more strenuously as this new updated edition is even better.

The text and diagrams are extremely clear and the availability of PowerPoint slides, solution manuals and support material for lecturers is invaluable.

Buy this book read it. Regardless of whether you are an instructor or a student, I guarantee you will learn something!

Prof. Patrick J. McNally,
Head,
School of Electronic Engineering,
Dublin City University,
Dublin 9,
Ireland.
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the best textbook on Optoelectronics and Photonics Nov. 18 2012
By Z80 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The first edition of this book was a pleasure to read. It was a 5 star textbook. When I discovered that the second edition had just come out, I could not wait to get hold of the second edition.

Well, the second edition is about 530 pages. Although it is thicker than the first edition, it is still thinner and more usable than other optoelectronic texts. The second edition has many modern topics as well. It seems as if the author has rewritten everything and redrawn all the diagrams and redone all the examples and problems. It feels and looks like a totally new book. My impression is that second edition looks very professional, and has beautiful clear illustrations and photographs throughout the book. It is obvious that it has been prepared with deep dedication to detail. It is full of hundreds of practical examples and solved problems. There are also various historical anecdotes and biographies of famous scientists in photonics. I found these most enjoyable to read. For example, I had not realized Dr. Kapany played a key role in the early development of optical fibers. The author seems to have dug and found some of the most interesting photos and illustrations I have seen in any book. The explanations are exceptionally clear - actually this is typical of this author. The level of mathematics is about right at the third or fourth year university level. Indeed, the author never seems to avoid getting into long derivations but provides a clear explanation of the principles that are involved in the equation derivation. He then applies the equation in a practical example using typical values. It is not however a qualitative textbook. It is a proper undergraduate book. There is still sufficient rigor and the balance is just right for undergraduate students to read the book, thoroughly enjoy it, and understand what is photonics. I particularly liked his treatment of erbium doped fiber amplifiers, photonic crystals and holey fibers with beautiful images.

In my view, the second edition looks nothing like the first edition. There are probably twice as many topics and the coverage is across the whole of field of photonics, including photonic crystals. What I liked is the "Additional Topics" at the end of each chapter where more advanced topics are gradually introduced. Moreover, the second edition has much better presentation of the material in a clear and understandable way with numerous illustrations. Just about every page has one or two illustrations. I would rate the book 5 stars but why did the publisher chose not to have this book on photonics in color? All books on photonics should be in color. I'm planning on getting the e-version as well for my Reader. Overall, if you are looking for an excellent, readable, modern book on photonics with hundreds of examples, and hundreds of beautiful illustrations and photographs, you would not regret buying this second edition. In my view, it maintains its 5-star rating as the best book at the undergraduate level.

Ramin Banan Sadeghian, Ph.D.
Senior Research Engineer
H2scan Corp.
27215 Turnberry Lane, Ste A
Valencia, CA 91355
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Photonics course work Nov. 18 2012
By Senthil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent resource for Photonics course work. I refer to this for my MSc (Photonic Technologies) teaching and I find it very useful. This book not only covers the basics of Photonics but also elucidates many photonic devices. I strongly believe that this is a "must-have" in ones photonics books collection. "Resources for Instructors" from author's website is very useful as well.

Dr. Senthil M Ganapathy
Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
ARRAY(0xc056c768)

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