Because of the rapid increase in commercially available Fourier transform infrared spectrometers and computers over the past ten years, it has now become feasible to use IR spectrometry to characterize very thin films at extended interfaces. At the same time, interest in thin films has grown tremendously because of applications in microelectronics, sensors, catalysis, and nanotechnology. The Handbook of Infrared Spectroscopy of Ultrathin Films provides a practical guide to experimental methods, up-to-date theory, and considerable reference data, critical for scientists who want to measure and interpret IR spectra of ultrathin films. This authoritative volume also: Offers information needed to effectively apply IR spectroscopy to the analysis and evaluation of thin and ultrathin films on flat and rough surfaces and on powders at solid-gaseous, solid-liquid, liquid-gaseous, liquid-liquid, and solid-solid interfaces. <ul><li>Provides full discussion of theory underlying techniques <li>Describes experimental methods in detail, including optimum conditions for recording spectra and the interpretation of spectra <li>Gives detailed information on equipment, accessories, and techniques <li>Provides IR spectroscopic data tables as appendixes, including the first compilation of published data on longitudinal frequencies of different substances <li>Covers new approaches, such as Surface Enhanced IR spectroscopy (SEIR), time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy, high-resolution microspectroscopy and using synchotron radiation</ul>
My introduction to the fascinating phenomena associated with detonation waves came through appointments as an external fellow at the Department of Physics, University College of Wales, and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds. Very special thanks for his accurate guidance through the large body of information on gaseous detonations are due to Professor D. H. Edwards of University College of Wales. Indeed, the onerous task of concisely enumerating the key features of unidimensional theories of detonations was undertaken by him, and Chapter 2 is based on his initial draft. When the text strays to the use of we, it is a deserved acknow- ledgement of his contribution. Again, I should like to thank Professor D. Bradley of Leeds University for his enthusiastic encouragement of my efforts at developing a model of the composition limits of detonability through a relationship between run-up distance and composition of the mixture. The text has been prepared in the context of these fellowships, and I am grateful to the Central Electricity Generating Board for its permission to accept these appointments.
Science fiction makes for great entertainment, whether in books, in film or on television. But hidden within the genre are tips and tricks that savvy sales professionals can use to improve their own careers. Raymond Rugg is an enthusiastic fan of science fiction, in its many forms. But he's also a sales veteran with experience that runs the gamut of the sales industry. Over the years, he has gathered gems of knowledge from science fiction stories, personalities and legends, knowledge that he uses on a daily basis to stay at the top of his sales game, and to achieve more and better sales.In Rugg's Handbook of Sales and Science Fiction, he has gathered 42 of his best career-boosting nuggets into a reader-friendly format, 42 entries that present the sales professional with the specific genre situation that inspired the lesson, details about how the lesson can be applied to improve a sales representative's performance, as well as the "Sci-Fi Skinny," background or insider information about the science fiction behind the lesson.Rugg's professional knowledge of the world of sales and his fanboy appreciation of science fiction, combined with a writing style that is at once both informative and irreverent, make Sales and Science Fiction a fun and valuable read for anyone who wants to improve their sales performance, as well as anyone who has ever enjoyed a great sci-fi story.
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