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Principles and Practices, 1st Edition

By Abdul Al-Azzawi

CRC Press

968 pages | 64 Color Illus. | 860 B/W Illus.

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Since the invention of the laser, our fascination with the photon has led to one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing fields of technology. An explosion of new materials, devices, and applications makes it more important than ever to stay current with the latest advances. Surveying the field from fundamental concepts to state-of-the-art developments, Photonics: Principles and Practices builds a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of photonics from the basics of light waves to fiber optics and lasers.

Providing self-contained coverage and using a consistent approach, the author leads you step-by-step through each topic. Each skillfully crafted chapter first explores the theoretical concepts of each topic and then demonstrates how these principles apply to real-world applications by guiding you through experimental cases illuminated with numerous illustrations. Coverage is divided into six broad sections, systematically working through light, optics, waves and diffraction, optical fibers, fiber optics testing, and laboratory safety. A complete glossary, useful appendices, and a thorough list of references round out the presentation. The text also includes a 16-page insert containing 28 full-color illustrations.

Containing several topics presented for the first time in book form, Photonics: Principles and Practices is simply the most modern, comprehensive, and hands-on text in the field.


“ … an overview of the principal concepts and practical aspects related to the field of photonics technology. … Recommended.”

— CHOICE, Vol. 44, No. 11

Table of Contents

Contributors- Dr. Charley Bamber, Dr. Imad Hasan, Dr. Robert Weeks, Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, Eng. Valerie Dube

Light The Nature of Light

Light and Shadows

Thermal Radiation

Light Production

Light Intensity

Light and Colour

Laws of Light


Plane Mirrors

Spherical Mirrors




Light Passing through Optical Components

Optical Instruments for Viewing Applications

Polarization of Light

Optical Materials - Dr. Charley Bamber

Waves and Diffraction


Interference and Diffraction

The Diffraction Grating


Spectrometers and Spectroscopes

Optical Fibres

Fibre Optic Cables

Advanced Fibre Optic Cables

Light Attenuation in Optical Components

Fibre-Optic Cable Types and Installations

Fibre-Optic Connectors

Passive Fibre Optic Devices

Wavelength Division Multiplexer

Optical Amplifiers

Optical Receivers - Dr. Imad Hasan

Lasers - Dr. Abdul Al-Azzawi and Dr. Robert Weeks

Optical Switches

Optical Fibre Communications - Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi

Fibre Optic Lighting


Fibre Optic Testing - Eng. Valerie Dube


Photonics Laboratory Safety


Appendix A: Details of the Devices, Components, Tools, and Parts

Appendix B: Alignment Procedure of a Conventional Articulating Spectrometer

Appendix C: Lighting Lamps

Appendix D: International System of Units (SI)

Glossary Index

About the Series

Optical Science and Engineering

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Optics