In the 1990s, optical techlogy and photonics industry developed fast, but further progress became difficult due to a fundamental limit of light kwn as the diffraction limit. This limit could be overcome using the vel techlogy of na-optics or naphotonics in which the size of the electromagnetic field is decreased down to the nascale and is used as a carrier for signal transmission, processing, and fabrication. Such a decrease beyond the diffraction limit is possible by using optical near-fields. The true nature of na-optics and naphotonics involves t only their abilities to meet the above requirements but also their abilities to realize qualitative invations in photonic devices, fabrication techniques, energy conversion and information processing systems. The objective of this work is to review the invations of optical science and techlogy by na-optics and naphotonics. While in conventional optical science and techlogy, light and matter are discussed separately, in na-optics and naphotonics, light and matter have to be regarded as being coupled to each other, and the energy flow between naparticles is bidirectional. This means that na-optics and naphotonics have to be regarded as a techlogy fusing optical fields and matter. This unique work reviews and covers the most recent topics of na-optics, applications to device operations, fabrication techniques, energy conversion, information processing, architectures and algorithms. Each chapter is written by the leading scientists in the relevant field. Thus, this work will provide high-quality scientific and technical information to scientists, engineers, and graduate students who are and will be engaged in R&D of na-optics and naphotonics. Especially, the topics to be covered by this work will be popularly used by the engineers in the rapidly growing market of the optical energy conversion.
Motoichi Ohtsu has been a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering, from 1991 to 2004. He has been Director at the Nanophotonics Research Center of the University of Tokyo since 2008. In addition, he has been a professor at the Department of Electronics Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, of the University of Tokyo since 2004.
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