All integrated optical components and devices make use
of "waveguides", where light is confined by total internal
reflection. The elements in such "photonic chip" are interconnected
through waveguides, and also the integrated optics components
themselves are fabricated using waveguide configuration, such as
couplers, switches, modulators, multiplexors, amplifiers and lasers,
etc. These components are integrated in a single substrate, thus
resulting in a compact and robust photonic device, which can be
optically connected through optical fibres.
With and increase in the number of integrated optical components and
devices emerging from the research laboratories to the market place
an up-to-date book is essential in collecting, summarizing and
presenting the new developed photonic devices. This includes
fundamental aspects, technical aspects (such as fabrication
techniques and materials) and characterisation and performance.
This is an advanced text aimed at specialists in the field of
photonics, but who may be new to the field of integrated photonics.
The fundamental aspects have been carefully considered, and all the
topics covered by the book start at a medium level, making it highly
relevant for undergraduate and post-graduate students following this