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Topics in Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience

From Controlling Light at the Nanoscale to Calculating Quantum Effects with Classical Electrodynamics


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 1-13
  3. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 15-19
  4. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 21-55
  5. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 67-81
  6. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 83-111
  7. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 113-124
  8. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 125-169
  9. Jeffrey Michael McMahon
    Pages 171-175
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 177-199

About this book


Interest in structures with nanometer-length features has significantly increased as experimental techniques for their fabrication have become possible. The study of phenomena in this area is termed nanoscience, and is a research focus of chemists, pure and applied physics, electrical engineers, and others. The reason for such a focus is the wide range of novel effects that exist at this scale, both of fundamental and practical interest, which often arise from the interaction between metallic nanostructures and light, and range from large electromagnetic field enhancements to extraordinary optical transmission of light through arrays of subwavelength holes.

This dissertation is aimed at addressing some of the most fundamental and outstanding questions in nanoscience from a theoretical and computational perspective, specifically:

· At the single nanoparticle level, how well do experimental and classical electrodynamics agree?

· What is the detailed relationship between optical response and nanoparticle morphology, composition, and environment?

· Does an optimal nanostructure exist for generating large electromagnetic field enhancements, and is there a fundamental limit to this?

· Can nanostructures be used to control light, such as confining it, or causing fundamentally different scattering phenomena to interact, such as electromagnetic surface modes and diffraction effects?

· Is it possible to calculate quantum effects using classical electrodynamics, and if so, how do they affect optical properties?


Classical Electrodynamics Computational Nanoscience Nanoscale science Quantum Effects Theoretical Nanoscience

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Department of PhysicsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaiUrbanaUSA

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From the reviews:

“This book … gives a clear and thorough introduction into problems encountered in computer models of electromagnetic processes in nanometer size media. It also contains the original results of the author’s own research through either his critical analyses of the current state of knowledge in this field or the numerical and theoretical solutions he has obtained. … The book ends with four appendices containing details of applied mathematical and numerical procedures, and the glossary of terms.” (Vladimir Čadež, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1230, 2012)