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Handbook of Optical Materials




ISBN 9780849335129
Published September 24, 2002 by CRC Press
536 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

For years scientists turned to the CRC Handbook of Laser Science & Technology for reliable data on optical materials. Out of print for several years, that standard-setting work now has a successor: the Handbook of Optical Materials.

This new handbook is an authoritative compilation of the physical properties of materials used in all types of lasers and optical systems. In it, scientist, author, and editor Dr. Marvin J. Weber provides extensive data tabulations and references for the most important optical materials, including crystals, glasses, polymers, metals, liquids, and gases. The properties detailed include both linear and nonlinear optical properties, mechanical properties, thermal properties together with many additional special properties, such as electro-, magneto-, and elasto-optic properties.

Using a minimum of narration and logically organized by material properties, the handbook's unique presentation simplifies the process of comparing different materials for their suitability in particular applications. Appendices furnish a wealth of other useful information, including lists of the many abbreviations and acronyms that proliferate in this field. The Handbook of Optical Materials is simply the most complete one-stop source available for materials data essential to lasers and optical systems.

Table of Contents

CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS
Introduction
Physical Properties
Optical Properties
Mechanical Properties
Thermal Properties
Magnetooptic Properties
Electrooptic Properties
Elastooptic Properties
Nonlinear Optical Properties
GLASSES
Introduction
Commercial Optical Glasses
Specialty Optical Glasses
Fused Silica
Fluoride Glasses
Chalcogenide Glasses
Magnetooptic Properties
Electrooptic Properties
Elastooptic Properties
Nonlinear Optical Properties
Special Glasses
POLYMERIC MATERIALS
Optical Plastics
Index of Refraction
Nonlinear Optical Properties
Thermal Properties
Engineering Data
METALS
Physical Properties of Selected Metals
Optical Properties
Mechanical Properties
Thermal Properties
Mirror Substrate Materials
LIQUIDS
Introduction
Water
Physical Properties of Selected Liquids
Index of Refraction
Nonlinear Optical Properties
Magnetooptic Properties
Commercial Optical Liquids
GASES
Introduction
Physical Properties of Selected Gases
Index of Refraction
Nonlinear Optical Properties
Magnetooptic Properties
Atomic Resonance Filters
APPENDICES
Safe Handling of Optical Materials
Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Mineralogical or Common Names for Optical Materials
Abbreviations for Methods of Preparing Optical Materials and Thin Films
Fundamental Physical Constants
Units and Conversion Factors

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Reviews

"Weber has prepared a handbook that authoritatively compiles physical properties for numerous bulk materials used in practical optical systems and lasers. Summing Up: Recommended."
-O. Eknoyan, Texas A&M University

"[This book] is an excellent reference for being able to quickly compare the physical differences or similarities of optical materials generally used in today's laser and optical systems. Readers who work with and design lasers or optical systems for commercial or research purposes would find this handbook to be a very useful reference for their work."
- IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 5, Sept-Oct. 2004

"More than 1,000 crystalline materials are covered in the first section of this book, which … is appropriate for a handbook on materials … . … The straightforward organization of the data tables makes it easy to find parameters. … This handbook could serve as a comprehensive desktop reference for engineers or physicians."
- OPN - Optics & Photonics News, Vol. 15, No. 7, July 2004