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Physical Optics

Principles and Practices, 1st Edition

By Abdul Al-Azzawi

CRC Press

240 pages | 222 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. As the reality of all-optical systems comes into focus, it is more important than ever to stay current with the latest advances in the optics and components that enable photonics technology. Comprising chapters drawn from the author's highly anticipated book Photonics: Principles and Practices, Physical Optics: Principles and Practices offers a detailed and focused treatment for anyone in need of authoritative information on this critical area underlying photonics.

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. The book works systematically through the principles of waves, diffraction, interference, diffraction gratings, interferometers, spectrometers, and several aspects of laser technology to build a thorough understanding of how to study and manipulate the behavior of light for various applications. In addition, it includes a four-page insert containing several full-color illustrations as well as a chapter on laboratory safety.

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

Table of Contents

WAVES

Introduction

The Nature of Waves

Types of Waves

Characteristics of Waves

Trigonometric Notation of Waves

Simple Harmonic Motion

Period and Frequency of Simple Harmonic Motion

The Simple Pendulum

Experimental Work

List of References

Appendices

Further Reading

INTERFERENCE AND DIFFRACTION

Introduction

Interference of Light

Young's Double-Slit Experiment

Wave Phase Changes Due to Reflection

Interference in Thin Films

Newton's Rings

Thin Film Applications

Diffraction

Experimental Work

List of References

Appendices

Further Reading

THE DIFFRACTION GRATING

Introduction

Diffraction Gratings

Profiles of Gratings

Planar Diffraction Gratings

Concave Gratings

Characteristics of Gratings

Efficiency of Diffraction Gratings

Manufacturing of Diffraction Gratings

Diffraction Grating Instruments

Experimental Work

List of References

Appendices

Further Reading

INTERFEROMETERS

Introduction

The Michelson Interferometer

The Mach-Zehnder Interferometer

The Twyman-Green Interferometer

The Fizeau Interferometer

The Fabry-Pérot Interferometer

Other types of Interferometers

Experimental Work

List of References

Appendices

Further Reading

SPECTROMETERS AND SPECTOROSCOPES

Introduction

Spectral Analysis Instruments

Experimental Work

List of References

Appendices

Further Reading

LASERS

Introduction

Light Emission

Principle of the Laser

Thermal Equilibrium and Population Inversion

Transverse and Longitudinal Modes

Gain

Threshold Condition

Power and Energy

Three and Four Level Laser Systems

Types of Laser

Comparison of Semiconductor and Conventional Lasers

Classification of Lasers

Laser Beam Alignment

Laser Beam Expansion

Laser Applications

Experimental Work

List of References

Appendices

Further Reading

PHOTONICS LABORATORY SAFETY

Introduction

Electrical Safety

Light Sources

Devices and Equipment

Audio-Visual and Computer Peripherals

Handling of Fibre Optic Cables

Epoxy Adhesives and Sealants

Cleaning Optical Components

Optic/Optical Fibre Devices and Systems

Cleaning Chemicals

Warning Labels

Laser Safety

Laser Safety Tips

Indoor Air Quality

Other Considerations

Further Reading

APPENDIX A: DETAILS OF THE DEVICES, COMPONENTS, TOOLS, AND PARTS

APPENDIX B: ALIGNMENT PROCEDURE OF A CONVENTIONAL ARTICULATING SPECTROMETER

APPENDIX C: LIGHTING LAMPS

GLOSSARY

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI053000
SCIENCE / Optics
TEC019000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Lasers & Photonics