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'Optical Metamaterials' Authors will Accept 2014 Goodman Book Award from SPIE and OSA in August

May 19, 2014



BELLINGHAM, Wash., May 19 -- The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers issued the following news release:

Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University and Wenshan Cai of the Georgia Institute of Technology will accept the 2014 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for their tutorial book Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications in August. The biennial award is co-sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the Optical Society (OSA), and will be presented this year during the SPIE Optics + Photonics symposium in San Diego.

The Goodman Book Writing Award is funded by Joseph and Hon Mai Goodman to recognize authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics. The selection is made by a committee appointed by SPIE and OSA. Optical Metamaterials was published by Springer Press in 2010.

Shalaev is the scientific director for nanophotonics at the Birck Nanotechnology Center and a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue. A pioneer in the field of metamaterials, he has received numerous award including the UNESCO Medal for the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, and the Max Born Award of the OSA. He is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, APS, and IEEE.

Cai, a former student of Shalaev at Purdue, did postdoc research at Stanford University. He is an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, with a joint appointment in materials science and engineering.

Metamaterials -- artificially structured materials with engineered electromagnetic properties -- have enabled unprecedented flexibility in manipulating electromagnetic waves and producing new functionalities, noted Springer editors. One of the most intriguing topics in the science of light, its important recent developments and applications include superlenses and cloaking devices.

Optical Metamaterials has won praise from other metamaterials research pioneers.

"The authors are amongst the leaders in the field and ideally positioned to write such a comprehensive volume. This book will I am sure play an important part in taking the subject of metamaterials to new heights of invention and application," said Sir John Pendry, professor at Imperial College London.

The book is well-suited for those new to the field, said Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, and a Fellow of SPIE. "Cai and Shalaev have done a tremendous job in making this exciting scientific topic accessible," he said.

Engheta chairs the conference on Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems at SPIE Optics + Photonics, in which both Shalaev and Cai participate as session chairs and authors.

To be eligible for the award, books must have been published within the last six years; should be authored technical books rather than edited compilations, handbooks, reviews or popular science books; must currently be in print, readily available from the publisher and suppliers and; must be available in English.

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