TY - CHAP A1 - Shigeru Kimura A2 - Yoshihito Tanaka A3 - Shinji Kohara A4 - Masaki Takata ED1 - Sabar D. Hutagalung Y1 - 2012-03-07 PY - 2012 T1 - Time Resolved Investigation of Fast Phase- Change Phenomena in Rewritable Optical Recording Media N2 - Materials are important to mankind because of the benefits that can be derived from the manipulation of their properties, for example electrical conductivity, dielectric constant, magnetization, optical transmittance, strength and toughness. Materials science is a broad field and can be considered to be an interdisciplinary area. Included within it are the studies of the structure and properties of any material, the creation of new types of materials, and the manipulation of a material's properties to suit the needs of a specific application. The contributors of the chapters in this book have various areas of expertise. therefore this book is interdisciplinary and is written for readers with backgrounds in physical science. The book consists of fourteen chapters that have been divided into four sections. Section one includes five chapters on advanced materials and processing. Section two includes two chapters on bio-materials which deal with the preparation and modification of new types of bio-materials. Section three consists of three chapters on nanomaterials, specifically the study of carbon nanotubes, nano-machining, and nanoparticles. Section four includes four chapters on optical materials. BT - Materials Science and Technology SP - Ch. 11 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/31353 DO - 10.5772/31353 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2018-09-23 ER -