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Essentials of Photonics

2nd Edition

By Alan Rogers

CRC Press

488 pages | 256 B/W Illus.

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The importance of photonics in science and engineering is widely recognized and will continue to increase through the foreseeable future. In particular, applications in telecommunications, medicine, astronomy, industrial sensing, optical computing and signal processing continue to become more diverse.

Essentials of Photonics, Second Edition describes the entire range of photonic principles and techniques in detail. Previously named Essentials of Optoelectronics, this newly named second edition of a bestseller felects changes that have occurred in this field. The book presents a new approach that concentrates on the physical principbestles, demonstrating their interdependence, and developing them to explain more complex phenomena. It gives insight into the underlying physical processes in a way that is readable and easy to follow, as well as entirely self-contained.

Written by an author with many years of experience in teaching and research, this book includes a detailed treatment of lasers, waveguides (including optical fibres), modulators, detectors, non-linear optics and optical signal processing. This new edition is brought up-to-date with additional sections on photonic crystal fibres, distributed optical-fibre sensing, and the latest developments in optical-fibre communications.

Table of Contents

Photons and Electrons

Historical Sketch

The Wave Nature of Light


The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Emission and Absorption Processes

Photon Statistics

The Behaviour of Electrons



Wave Properties of Light

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Wave Representation

Electromagnetic Waves

Reflection and Refraction

Total Internal Reflection

Interference of Light

Light Waveguiding



Gaussian Beams and Stable Optical Resonators

Polarization Optics

The Polarization Ellipse

Crystal Optics

Retarding Waveplates

A Variable Waveplate: The Soleil-Babinet Compensator

Polarizing Prisms

Linear Birefringence

Circular Birefringence

Elliptical Birefringence

Practical Polarization Effects

Polarization Analysis

The Form of the Jones Matrices

Light and Matter Emission, Propagation, and Absorption Processes

Classical Theory of Light Propagation in Uniform Dielectric Media

Optical Dispersion

Emission and Absorption of Light

Optical Coherence and Correlation


Measure of Coherence

Wiener-Khinchin Theorem

Dual-Beam Interference

Practical Examples

Some Essential Physics of Radiation and Solids


Electrons in Solids

Optical Sources, Modulators, and Detectors

Optical Sources

Optical Modulators


Optical Waveguides

The Planar Waveguide

Integrated Optics

Cylindrical Waveguides

Optical Fibres

Optical Fibres for Communications

Polarization-Holding Waveguides

Photonic Crystal Fibres

Nonlinear Optics

Nonlinear Optics and Optical Fibres

The Formalism of Nonlinear Optics

Second-Harmonic Generation and Phase Matching

Optical Mixing

Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index

Four-Photon Mixing (FPM)

Parametric and Inelastic Processes



Non-Linear Effects in Photonic Crystal Fibres (PCF)

Photonics in Action

Antireflective Coatings

Optical-Fibre Current Measurement

The Integrated Optical Spectrum Analyser

The Audio Compact Disc (CD)

The Optical-Fibre Gyroscope


Optical-Time-Domain Reflectometry (OTDR) and Its Use in Distributed Optical-Fibre Raman Temperature Sensing (DTS)

Measurement of Very Short Optical Pulses: The Autocorrelator

Topics in Optical-Fibre Communications

Regimes-Correlation Length

Epilogue And What of the Future?


Appendix I: Maxwell’s Equations

Appendix II: The Fourier Inversion Theorem

Appendix III: Symmetry of the Permittivity Tensor

Appendix IV: The Polarization Ellipse

Appendix V: Radiation from an Oscillating Dipole

Appendix VI: The d-Function

Appendix VII: The Fermi-Dirac Function

Appendix VIII: Second Harmonic Generation

Appendix IX: The Sampling Theorem

Appendix X: The Semiconductor Equation

Appendix XI: The Formal Analysis of Polarization-Mode Dispersion (PMD)


Each chapter includes an introduction, conclusion, problems, references, and suggestions for further reading

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Optics