Overview of Biophotonics

  • Gerd KeiserEmail author
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


Biophotonics or biomedical optics has become an indispensible tool for basic life sciences research and for biomedical diagnosis, therapy, monitoring, imaging, and surgery. This chapter first describes what biophotonics is and what its benefits and applications are. Then some basic concepts of light and of light-tissue interactions are described, including what specific lightwave windows are needed to carry out biophotonics processes. The final section gives a brief tutorial of biological cell and molecular structures, cellular and molecular functions, and the vocabulary used to describe these structures and functions. This topic is essential for understanding the biophotonics tools and light-tissue interaction processes described in this book.


Biological Tissue Biological Cell Biological Component Chemical Building Block Biomedical Diagnosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringBoston UniversityNewtonUSA

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