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Basics of Nanotechnology, 3rd Edition



Basics of Nanotechnology, 3rd Edition

Horst-Günter Rubahn

ISBN: 978-3-527-40800-9 October 2008 234 Pages

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This extended and revised edition of the successful German version is a clearly structured and easily readable introduction, written by an experienced author with sound knowledge of experimental synthesis and analysis of nanostructures.
Developed from courses on nanophysics and nanotechnology, this textbook covers the fundamental physics of nanostructures, methods of growth and manipulation, characterization methods with a focus on optical analyzing methods and nanooptics, a discussion of nano-architectures and the latest applications in optics, electronics, quantum computers, molecular nanostructures, biology and soft matter. This edition also includes an expanded discussion of quantum and classical effects as well as magnetic nanostructures.
With its wide range of problems to test the reader's understanding, it is primarily aimed at graduate students with a basic knowledge of solid state physics, but can be equally used as a reference for professionals in physics, chemistry and materials science working on nanosystems, soft matter or biophysical matters.

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1 Mesoscopic and microscopic physics

2 Physics of nanostructures (quantum and classical effects)
Electronic structure -
Optical properties -
Magnetic properties -
Transport phenomena -
Problems to chapter 2

3 Generation and manipulation of nanostructures
Top-down methods -
Nanostructures via photons and lithographical methods -
Nanoimprint technology -
Nanostructures via raster probe methods -Bottom up methods -
Epitaxial growth -
Self organization -
Deposition of selected cluster matter
Problems to chapter 3

4 Characterisation of nanostructures
Optical microscopy -
Simple light microscopy -
Bright- and dark field microscopy -
Fluorescence and phase contrast microscopy -
Confocal microscopy -
Brewster angle microscopy -
Raster microscopies -
Electron microscopy -
Scanning probe microscopies -
Near field microscopy -
New advanced microscopies -
Linear and nonlinear spectroscopy -
Diffraction methods -
Emission methods
Problems to chapter 4

5 Nano architecture
Layered systems -
Colloidal solutions and crystals -
Light-based gratings -
Coulomb crystals

6 Applications
Optics -
Integrated optics, nanooptics and nonlinear optics -
Optical and magnetical data storage -
Photonic crystals -
Ultrashort time dynamics in nanostructures
Electronics -
Optoelectronics -
Molecular and nano-electronics -
Quantum computers -
Biology and soft matter -
Characterization of elementary units -
Nanobionics and nano-biotechnology -
Molecular nanostructures -
Micro- and nanomechanics
Problems to chapter 6


- expanded discussion of quantum and classical effects
- magnetic nanostructures
- biological and soft matter applications
- numerous problems on physics of nanostructures, generation and manipulation, characteriastion of nanostructures, and applications
"[..] preparing an account of basic nanotechnology which is appealing and accessible to readers from all these disciplines is a critical task for an author; Dr. Rubahn did rather well in this respect. [..] The book meets the goal of providing an accessible introduction to a very diverse group of readers [..]; its strengths lie in the presentation of various aspects of nanotechnology and the inclusion of some basic concepts. As there are not many books introducing nanotechnology at this level, this type of contribution to the literature is welcome. It is a recommended reading for scientists and engineers who would like to be introduced broadly to nanoscience and nanotechnology. [..] Overall, I highly recommend this textbook for the reader's library reference shelf." (Jn. of Nanotechnology, Vol. 3, March 2009)