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Optoelectronics & Photonics: Principles & Practices (2nd Edition) Hardcover – Oct 15 2012
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About the Author
SAFA KASAP is currently a Professor of Electronic Materials and Devices in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He obtained the B.S.E.E. (1976), M.S. (1978), and Ph.D. (1983) degrees from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, specializing in amorphous semiconductors and optoelectronics. In 1996 he was awarded the D.Sc. (Engineering) degree from London University for his research contributions to materials science in electrical engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Materials. His research interests are in amorphous semiconductors, noise in electronic devices, photoconductors, photodetectors, X-ray image detectors, laser-induced transient photocnductivity and related topics, with more than 100 refereed journal publications in these areas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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!
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
27215 Turnberry Lane, Ste A
Valencia, CA 91355
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,
School of Electronic Engineering,
Dublin City University,
Dr. Senthil M Ganapathy
Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton