Intended for a one-semester course in optics for juniors and seniors in science and engineering, this book creates a simulated laboratory where students can learn by exploration and discovery instead of passive absorption.
The text covers all the standard topics of a traditional optics course, including: geometrical optics and aberration, interference and diffraction, coherence, Maxwell's equations, wave guides and propagating modes, blackbody radiation, atomic emission and lasers, optical properties of materials, Fourier transforms and FT spectroscopy, image formation, and holography. It contains step by step derivations of all basic formulas in geometrical, wave and Fourier optics.
A threefold arrangement of text, applications, and files makes the book also suitable for "self-learning" by scientists or engineers who would like to refresh their knowledge of optics. Related Topics