The Physics of Information Technology / Edition 1

The Physics of Information Technology / Edition 1

by Neil Gershenfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521580447

ISBN-13: 9780521580441

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Physics of Information Technology explores the familiar devices that we use to collect, transform, transmit, and interact with electronic information. Many such devices operate surprisingly close to very many fundamental physical limits. Understanding how such devices work, and how they can (and cannot) be improved, requires deep insight into the character of…  See more details below

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The Physics of Information Technology explores the familiar devices that we use to collect, transform, transmit, and interact with electronic information. Many such devices operate surprisingly close to very many fundamental physical limits. Understanding how such devices work, and how they can (and cannot) be improved, requires deep insight into the character of physical law as well as engineering practice. The book starts with an introduction to units, forces, and the probabilistic foundations of noise and signaling, then progresses through the electromagnetics of wired and wireless communications, and the quantum mechanics of electronic, optical, and magnetic materials, to discussions of mechanisms for computation, storage, sensing, and display. This self-contained volume will help both physical scientists and computer scientists see beyond the conventional division between hardware and software to understand the implications of physical theory for information manipulation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521580441
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Cambridge Series on Information and the Natural Sciences Series
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Interactions, units, and magnitudes; 3. Noise in physical systems; 4. Information in physical systems; 5. Electromagnetic fields and waves; 6. Circuits, transmission lines, and wave guides; 7. Multipoles and antennas; 8. Optics; 9. Lensless imaging and inverse problems; 10. Semiconductor materials and devices; 11. Generating, modulating, and detecting light; 12. Magnetic storage; 13. Measurement and coding; 14. Transducers; 15. Timekeeping and navigation; 16. Quantum computing and communications; Appendix 1. Problem solutions.

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