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Useful Optics (Chicago Lectures in Physics)

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Students and professionals alike have long felt the need of a modern source of practical advice on the use of optical tools in scientific research. Walter T. Welford's Useful Optics meets this need.

Welford offers a succinct review of principles basic to the construction and use of optics in physics. His lucid explanations and clear illustrations will particularly help those whose interests lie in other areas but who nevertheless must understand enough about optics to create the experimental apparatus necessary to their research. Consistently emphasizing applications and practical points of design, Welford covers a host of topics: mirrors and prisms, optical materials, aberration, the limits of image formation and resolution, illumination for image-forming systems, laser beams, interference and interferometry, detectors and light sources, holography, and more. The final chapter deals with putting together an experimental optics system.

Many areas of the physical sciences and engineering increasingly demand an appreciation of optics. Welford's Useful Optics will prove indispensable to any researcher trying to develop and use effective optical apparatus.

Walter T. Welford (1916-1990) was professor of physics at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine from 1951 until his death. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Optical Society of America.

Book News Annotation:

A brief guide to assembly of optical equipment and manipulation of the collected data.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 131-133) and index.

About the Author

Walter T. Welford (1916-1990) was professor of physics at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine from 1951 until his death. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Optical Society of America.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Useful Models of Optics

2. Geometrical Optics

3. Symmetrical Optical Systems

4. Plane Mirrors and Prisms

5. Optical Materials

6. Aberrations

7. Physical Optics and the Limits of Image Formation

8. Illumination for Image-forming Systems

9. Laser Beams

10. Thin-Film Multilayers

11. Interference and Interferometry

12. Detectors and Light Sources

13. Image Scanning and Beam Deflection

14. Diffraction Gratings

15. Some Applications of Holography

16. Assembling an Experimental Optical System

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226893068
Author:
Welford, Walter T.
Author:
Welford, W. T.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Light
Subject:
Optics
Subject:
Optical instruments
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Physics-Optics
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Lectures in Physics (Paperback)
Series Volume:
B-C
Publication Date:
19911031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
134 line drawings
Pages:
150
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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