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Photonics: Optical Electronics in Modern Communications Hardcover – Jan 25 2006


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Amnon Yariv is Martin and Eileen Summerfeld Professor of Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology. Pochi Yeh is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great book, but semiconductor devices need update... Nov. 2 2006
By Steven J. Wojtczuk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book on the optics side, with good theoretical derivations on many topics. However, I wish that the sections on semiconductor devices were more extensively updated in one of these new editions, especially since Yariv's group at CalTech were pioneers in the field of semiconductor lasers, and it would be well worth knowing what insights he can give on modern devices. For example, there is no discussion of strained quantum wells that I could find. The book has an excellent discussion of Bragg mirrors, and some discussion of their use in DFB lasers and VCSELs, but nothing about resonant cavity LEDs or resonant cavity photodiodes (or even just plain vanilla LEDs). The description of APDs is one of the few covered areas that is not rigorous. Of course, the book is a reasonable size, and so cannot contain everything, but I get the feeling that the semiconductor device areas were hardly touched from earlier editions. However, most of what Yariv and Yeh do cover, they do so in a detailed manner, so this is still a good book to have around. Chapters:

1. Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
2. Rays and Optical Beams
3. Guided waves in Dielectric Slabs and Fibers
4. Optical Resonators
5. Interaction of Radiation and Atomic Systems
6. Theory of Laser Oscillation and Some Specific Laser Systems
7. Chromatic Dispersion and Polarization Mode Dispersion in Fibers
8. Nonlinear Optics
9. Electro-Optic Modulation of Laser Beams
10. Noise in Optical Detection and Generation
11. Detection of Optical Radiation
12. wave propagation in Periodic Media
13. Waveguide Coupling
14. Nonlinear Optical Effects in Fibers
15. Semiconductor Lasers-Theory and Applications
16. Advanced Semiconductor Lasers
17. Optical Amplifiers
18. Classical Treatment of Quantum Noise and Squeezed States

Appendixes:
A. Wave Equation in Cylindrical Coordinates and Bessel Functions
B. Exact Solutions of the Step-Index Circular Waveguide
C. Kramers-Kronig Relations
D. Transformation of a Coherent Electromagnetic Field by a Thin Lens
E. Fermi Level and its Temperature Dependence
F. Electro-optic Effect in Cubic 43m Crystals
G. Conversion for Power Units and Attenuation Units
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Photonics Feb. 15 2010
By Douglas Weinhold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This text struggles to relate the mathematics to the theory. A nice supplement to a solid theory source, but lacking as a stand alone teaching tool is how I would describe this book.
Sound and to the Point Feb. 11 2011
By pmcG@Oxford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book presents the material as clearly as one could expect it to be written. The material is difficult no matter the format, but the ideas are presented clearly and that's all I think you can really expect from a text. I would recommend this ahead of all the other texts I have used pertaining to Optics in my undergrad and grad-school programs simply because of the heightened clarity and the logical progression of subject matter. I bought this book new and I don't regret it.
A pretty good grad photonics book Oct. 20 2012
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This text is good for a moderately advanced exposure of photonics at the graduate level. It covers a lot of different topics and gives you everything you need to derive equations yourself. The problems I have with this text are as follows:

1) Quite a few typographical errors - if you are deriving everything yourself you will find most of these and it isn't much trouble

2) There are some blatant errors which are reused again in examples and derivations - one I remember off hand was the coupling coefficient in sinusoidal gratings but I haven't looked at this in a long time

3) Things are explained okay but not as clear as many other photonics texts in my opinion

4) The index is okay at best

I believe this book is a fairly standard graduate textbook for a first exposure on photonics which it serves pretty well if you are careful when reading it. I would not recommend this as a reference book. A better reference book at the same level or a bit more advanced would be "Physics of Photonic Devices" by Chuang.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best book in the world market about photonic device design? March 30 2009
By Kittipong Tripetch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I belive that this author wrote this textbook with the mind of mentor. This book is very easy to understand. I spent less than 1 hour about this book. I hope I will gain much knowledge from this book in as fast as I can!


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