1st Edition

Physical Optics
Principles and Practices




ISBN 9780849382970
Published December 26, 2006 by CRC Press
240 Pages 222 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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