17 June 2011

Reference book for optical tools

Jena. Too many cooks spoil the broth? - Only if they do not speak the same language! Following this credo Prof. Dr. J├╝rgen Popp and Prof. Dr. Valyer Tuchin from the European Network for Biophotonics Photonics4Life now have published the first part of a comprehensive manual on biophotonics. The Handbook of Biophotonics Volume 1 explains the scientific principles of light-matter interaction and should thus facilitate cooperation between different scientific disciplines in biophotonics.

"Physicians, biologists, chemists and physicists all bring their own specialized vocabulary into biophotonics. With the book we do translation work so that everyone can pull together and the potential of optical technologies for the practice becomes visible, "says Professor Popp, director of the Institute of Photonic Technology, the Institute for Physical Chemistry from the University of Jena and co-ordinator the European network for Biophotonics photonics4life (see below). Together with 19 European researchers, he has described on over 600 pages the biological and especially the physical fundamentals of biophotonics. In this manner it enables non-specialists to find their way from both sides into this interdisciplinary field of research. Numerous charts illustrate the processes of light propagation and explain the complicated processes that occur when light particles hit on living tissue.

In the back the book deals with the various medical and biological instruments that can be achieved with optical technologies, starting from classical microscopy, used to examine diseases at the cellular level, to the use of laser radiation in eye surgery. based on the conveyed principles the next volume will describe be the distinct applications in medicine and biology. "Conventional manuals like to describe all of the photonics devices, which are found in the laboratories of today. This is not helpful for doctors. We will therefore first look at the medical problem and then describe the different technical solutions for it, "says Professor Heinemann, head of biophysics department in Jena and co-editor of the approach of the manual. Part two of the three-part series will be released in fall 2011. The main topics in part three will be the peripheral areas of Biophotonics, such as the detection of animal diseases or contaminants in food and medicines.

Photonics4Life is the European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics. More than 20 top research institutions have joined forces to establish a pan-European platform for academia and industry in biophotonics. The goal: to provide the research with a coherent and interdisciplinary framework in the highly fragmented field of Biophotonics in Europe. An important measure for this is to simplify and strengthen the dialogue between technical developers and biomedical users with the help of interdisciplinary workshops, conferences and reference works.

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