The Handbook of Nanotechnology series is intended to provide a reference to researchers in nanotechnology, offering readers a combination of tutorial material and review of the state of the art. This volume focuses on modeling and simulation at the nanoscale. Being sponsored by both SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, its coverage is confined to optical and mechanical topics.
The eight substantive chapters of this volume—entitled Nanometer Structures: Theory, Modeling, and Simulation—cover nanostructured thin films, photonic bandgap structures, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, atomistic techniques, nanomechanics, nanofluidics, and quantum information processing. Modeling and simulation research on these topics has acquired a sufficient degree of maturity as to merit inclusion. While the intent is to serve as a reference source for expert researchers, there is sufficient content for novice researchers as well. The level of presentation in each chapter assumes a fundamental background at the level of an engineering or science graduate.
I am appreciative of both SPIE and ASME for undertaking this project at a pivotal point in the evolution of nanotechnology, just when actual devices and applications seem poised to spring forth. My employer, Pennsylvania State University, kindly provided me a sabbatical leave-of-absence during the Spring 2003 semester, when the major part of my editorial duties were performed.
All contributing authors cooperated graciously during the various phases of the production of this volume and its contents, and they deserve the applause of all colleagues for putting their normal research and teaching activities aside while writing their chapters for the common good. Tim Lamkins of SPIE Press coordinated the production of this volume promptly and efficiently. I consider myself specially privileged to have worked with all of these fine people.
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