Since the realization of the first laser 40 years ago, the merging of the fields of quantum electronics and quantum optics has stimulated the development of many new materials and devices. These, in turn, support a flourishing optoelectronics market for optical communications, optical data processing, medical diagnostics, materials processing, display technology, and many other applications.
Therefore, in the year 2000, it is timely to publish The Handbook of Advanced Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices. The editor, Hari Singh Nalwa, is well known for his original work on nonlinear optics of organic molecules and polymers. Together with Seizo Miyata, he edited a comprehensive volume under this title that provides a broad overview of this particular subject. The same authors also edited a volume on organic electroluminescent materials and devices.
The present 10 volume handbook has a much broader scope. It includes semiconductor materials, quantum wells and quantum dots, liquid crystals, conducting polymers, laser materials, photoconductors, electroluminescent and photorefractive materials, nanostructured, supramolecular, and self-assembled materials, ferroelectrics, and superconductors. Applications of these materials in photoconductors, optical fibers, xerography, solar cells, dynamic random access memory, and sensors are described. The Handbook contains contributions by 180 leading experts from 25 different countries. It truly represents the worldwide research efforts and results that support the global market of optoelectronics. All scientific and technical workers in this broad field are indebted to the contributing authors, the editor and Academic Press for publishing this comprehensive handbook for the new millennium. It will support further growth in a field that already has surpassed my wildest expectations of 40 years ago.