Chemical and biochemical sensing with optical fibres and waveguides. Boisde and Harmer. Artech (0171 973 8077). 389 pages hardback. ISBN 0 9527110 1. £39.95.
Understanding waveguide-based chemical sensing technology requires a substantial background in chemistry, material sciences, immobilisation techniques, optics and spectroscopy, opto-electronic components, electronics and data acquisition.
In the case of biosensing, enzymology, immunology, DNA techniques and cell biology may be added to this list. This book encapsulates all these technologies and presents a comprehensive theoretical treatise on this subject, concentrating on concepts.
The authors claim to have drawn their information from over 2,600 publications, with the most recent (1992-1995) taking precedence.