Chapter 2. Foundations for Nanophotonics

  1. Paras N. Prasad

Published Online: 26 AUG 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471670251.ch2



How to Cite

Prasad, P. N. (2004) Foundations for Nanophotonics, in Nanophotonics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471670251.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 AUG 2004
  2. Published Print: 17 MAR 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471649885

Online ISBN: 9780471670254



  • nanophotonics;
  • foundations;
  • photons;
  • electrons;
  • similarities;
  • differences;
  • nanoscale optical interactions;
  • nanoscale confinement;
  • electronic interactions


Chapter 2 provides an introduction to the foundations of nanophotonics. The nanoscale interactions are defined by discussing similarities and differences between photons and electrons. Spatial confinement effects on photons and electrons are presented. Other topics covered are photon and electron tunneling, effect of a periodic potential in producing a bandgap, and cooperative effects. Ways to localize optical interactions axially and laterally on a nanoscale are described.