This introductory text lays the foundation for understanding thin-film morphology and the response characteristics of optical sculptured thin film (STF) devices, enabling scientists and technologists to design and engineer STF materials and devices. The accompanying CD contains Mathematica programs designed for use with the book.
Optics graduate students and practicing optical engineers will find this text of great value. Expert researchers may find it useful in extending the STF concept and applications. Further, the book is accessible to anyone interested in emerging optical nanotechnologies who has an undergraduate-level knowledge of optics, electromagnetism, and mathematics. Contents
List of Acronyms | List of Principal Symbols and Operators | Overview | History of Thin-Film Morphology | PVD Methods for STFs | Engineering of Thin-Film Morphology | Speculations on STF Morphology | Macroscopic Electromagnetism | Optics of CTFs | Optics of Sculptured Nematic Thin Films | Optics of Chiral STFs | Optical Applications of Chiral STFs | Appendix: Dyads and Dyadics Related Topics