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Polymer Fiber Optics: Materials, Physics, and Applications (Optical Science and Engineering) Hardcover – September 11, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1574447064 ISBN-10: 1574447068 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Optical Science and Engineering (Book 117)
  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (September 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574447068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574447064
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book covers extensively all the new technology regarding polymer optical fibers as well as silica-based optical glass fibers…the writing style is excellent…
- Un-Chul Paek, Chaired Professor of Information and Communications, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea

This book presents a lucid narrative on a broad range of topics pertaining to fundamental physics issues that underlie the foundations of fiber optics, characterization techniques, and many important materials processing protocols… The incredible breadth of topics discussed goes well beyond the typical book on fibers, and covers new groundbreaking areas such as smart photomechanical materials and fiber-based switching devices. I highly recommend this book as an excellent reference, a resource to students studying fiber optics and to seasoned experts who will enjoy the fresh approach to old topics…
- David Welker, President, Paradigm Optics, Vancouver

…Comprehensive, well written, original, and both broad and deep in scope… Knowing [Dr. Kuzyk] as I do, the high quality and superb exposition were a given... I'm certain the upcoming generation of scientists, as well as experienced practitioners of polymer fiber optics will appreciate this book for years to come…

-Rick Lytel, ISR, Inc., Mountain View, California

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I have always enjoyed science, and more broadly, reason. By shedding superstition and emotionally-based sloppy thinking, humans have made great progress in understanding the universe, from the fabric of spacetime, to clusters of galaxies, and everything in between, including life. Through an understanding of human evolution, we can appreciate our special place in the universe and marvel at the brain's ability to think. In short, the scientific method allows us to know what was thought unknowable only a few decades ago.

I get obsessed with my interests. I decided to deal with the stresses of being a young faculty member by setting up a fish tank with my daughter. In just a few months, this relaxing hobby turned our basement into a tropical fish breeding facility with a dozen large tanks. Sales of my fish to a local pet store accelerated my acquisition of equipment until the stresses of taking care of thousands of living creatures forced me to sell all of my tanks and take up astro-photography, a more relaxing hobby (or so I thought). I compulsively bought telescopes and equipment until I was forced to build a small room off of our garage to store everything, including a computer system on a desk with wheels.

At other times in my life, I read science fiction, amassing a nice collection of novels, whose colorful dust jackets decorate the shelves in our family room. Yearning for facts, I dropped my passion for fiction to read about history, religion, science, political philosophy, I.Q., etc. To satisfy my appetite for physical activity, I play ice hockey as often as possible.

Yet, I spend most of my time thinking about Physics. No other activity is more satisfying than understanding how things work or more spiritual than pondering the most basic questions. My career spans highly applied research - such as co-developing a process for making polymer optical fibers (resulting in a start-up company), through very esoteric basic physics - using both experimental and theoretical techniques to build an understanding of universal properties of light-matter interactions.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olgierd Jeremiasz on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Excellent comprehensive book for engineers who are dealing with polymers for otical applications. A lot of practical engineering is in it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Shafei on May 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My field is not closely related to fiber optics, however, knowing Prof. Mark Kuzyk and his research standards, and working closely with him on several exciting projects, I absolutely have no doubt that this book, Polymer Fiber Optics, just like the previous one, characterization techniques and tabulations for organic nonlinear optical materials, is a great resource for the scientists and engineers in this field, who are interested to understand the underlying concepts and learn about practical applications.
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