Biophotonics: Spectroscopy, Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation

  • Baldassare Di Bartolo
  • John Collins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Lectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. T. Y. Ohulchanskyy, A. M. Pliss, P. N. Prasad
      Pages 3-17
    3. M. Wegener
      Pages 19-23
    4. Ralph Von Baltz
      Pages 25-62
    5. C. Steinhauer, C. Forthmann, R. Jungmann, J. Vogelsang, F. C. Simmel, P. Tinnefeld
      Pages 87-106
    6. A. P. Voitovich, V. S. Kalinov, A. P. Stupak
      Pages 173-181
    7. Valeria Nuzzo, Iva Maxwell, Samuel Chung, Eric Mazur, Alexander Heisterkamp
      Pages 203-218
    8. S. Arnold, S. I. Shopova
      Pages 237-259
    9. Paolo Di Lazzaro
      Pages 305-319
    10. J. Fernández, S. García-Revilla, R. Balda
      Pages 321-342
  3. Interdisciplinary Lecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
  4. Short Seminars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357

About these proceedings


This volume describes an impressive array of the current photonic-related technologies being used in the investigation of biological systems. The topics include various types of microscopy (fluorescence correlation microscopy, two-photon microscopy), sensitive detection of biological molecules, nano-surgery techniques, fluorescence resonance energy transfer, nano-plasmonics, terahertz spectroscopy, and photosynthetic energy conversion. The emphasis is on the physical principles behind each technique, and on examining the advantages and limitations of each.The book begins with an overview by Paras Prasad, a leader in the field of biophotonics, of several important optical techniques currently used for studying biological systems. In the subsequent chapters these techniques are discussed in depth, providing the reader with a detailed understanding of the basic physical principles at work. An excellent treatment of terahertz spectroscopy demonstrates how photonics is being extended beyond the visible region. Recent results in the use of femtosecond lasers as a tool to porate cell walls demonstrate that the manipulation of light can be used as a tool for the study and the treatment of biological systems. The field of Bio-photonics is broad and still growing, so cannot be covered comprehensively in one volume. But here the reader will find an introduction to some of the major tools used for studying biological systems, and at the same time a detailed, first-principles treatment of the physics behind these tools.


Biophotonics Correlation spectroscopy Fluorescence spectroscopy Laser-produced plasmas Nano-plasmonics Nano-surgery Quantum control Solar energy conversion Terahertz spectroscopy Whispering gallery modes

Editors and affiliations

  • Baldassare Di Bartolo
    • 1
  • John Collins
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. PhysicsBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2., Department of Physics and AstronomyWheaton CollegeNortonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9976-1
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9977-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6500
  • Series Online ISSN 1874-6535
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