Molding the Flow of Light
John D. Joannopoulos, Steven G. Johnson, Joshua N. Winn, and Robert D. Meade
Published in 2008 by Princeton
University Press, this is the second edition of our
undergraduate-level textbook on photonic crystals:
electromagnetism in periodic (or partially periodic) geometries on the
scale of the wavelength of light.
The table of
contents and back-cover
description for the second edition can be found on the publisher's
Compared to the first edition (published in 1995), the new edition
is greatly revised and expanded—it is at least twice the length
of the original (going from 184 pages to 304 pages, and from 6×9-inch
format to 7×10 inches), including several new chapters and
substantial improvements in every pre-existing chapter.
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D. Joannopoulos is the Francis Wright Davis Professor of Physics
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Steven G. Johnson is an
associate professor of applied mathematics at MIT. Joshua
N. Winn is an assistant professor of physics at MIT. Robert
D. Meade is a physicist and former research scientist at MIT, who
currently works in equity trading.
Unfortunately, a few small errors were identified too late in the
printing process to change, and are corrected here; we apologize for
- Figure 5 in chapter 9, on page 165, is missing one of the upper
bands; the surrounding text is unaffected [the position of the gap(s)
is unchanged]. See the
corrected figure (the missing band is the nearly flat third blue
line from the bottom).
- On page 241, in appendix B, "quasicrystal (?)" should be
"quasicrystal (Suck et al., 2004)" in reference to the 2004 book
Quasicrystals: An Introduction to Structure, Physical Properties, and Applications,
edited by J.-B. Suck et al., that is listed in the
- Figure 10 in chapter 4, on page 57, has a small region of extraneous shading between two of the upper bands; the same extraneous shading appears in figure 14 of chapter 4 on page 61. See the corrected figures.
- On page 40, in chapter 3, "as can be verified from equation (5) of
chapter 2" should refer instead to equation (4) of chapter 2.
- In Table 1 on page 71, in chapter 5, the entries in the "TE"
column are reversed: the dielectric band should be 9% and the air band
should be 23%.