Synopses & Reviews
This fourth edition of a well-established textbook takes students from fundamental ideas to the most modern developments in optics. Illustrated with 400 figures, it contains numerous practical examples, many from student laboratory experiments and lecture demonstrations. Aimed at undergraduate and advanced courses on modern optics, it is ideal for scientists and engineers. The book covers the principles of geometrical and physical optics, leading into quantum optics, using mainly Fourier transforms and linear algebra. Chapters are supplemented with advanced topics and up-to-date applications, exposing readers to key research themes, including negative refractive index, surface plasmon resonance, phase retrieval in crystal diffraction and the Hubble telescope, photonic crystals, super-resolved imaging in biology, electromagnetically induced transparency, slow light and superluminal propagation, entangled photons and solar energy collectors. Solutions to the problems, simulation programs, key figures and further discussions of several topics are available at www.cambridge.org/lipson.
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'... a well established and essential text for both undergraduate and graduate physicists ... father and son writing in concert have written a scholarly, authoritative and clearly written account of the principles and application of wave theory.' Edward Atkins, Physics Education
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'This book has many stimulating ideas in it ...' Contemporary Physics
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'It deserves to occupy a place on the shelf of any library or of any physics teacher.' Optica Acta
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'Well-written, comprehensive and pitched at just the right level for undergraduates - the online supporting material is particularly useful.' David Binks, University of Manchester
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'The fourth edition of Optical Physics has been significantly updated in both content and presentation. It now covers almost the entire range of topics in classical and modern optics that science and engineering students need to learn as part of their preparation for careers in modern science and technology. While Fourier analysis is used extensively, the authors have wisely kept the mathematical requirements at a non-intimidating level and, wherever appropriate, provide clear conceptual examples and discuss relevant applications. The extensive set of exercises will be much appreciated by teachers who adopt this text for their courses. The pedagogical improvements that have been made, such as the brief chapter synopses, make it easier for students to follow the development of the theory and to gauge their progress in mastering the subjects. Optical Physics is a thorough, up-to-date text on the fascinating and technologically important field of optics that is highly suitable as a text for an advanced undergraduate course for science and engineering students, but it may also serve as a good reference and refresher for graduate students and scientists who work in the field of optics.' Rainer Johnsen, University of Pittsburgh
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'This book is an excellent treatment of optics, emphasizing physical principles and their consequences.' Thad Walker, University of Wisconsin
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'Optical Physics is written for the advanced undergraduate student to learn optical physics as if sitting in the classroom of a master educator. A given topic is laid out in multiple ways enabling the student a greater opportunity to develop a physical intuition for the material. The 4th edition chapter summaries and side discussions in the margins once again are added to make the textbook more useful to the student. The balance between qualitative and quantitative treatment seems ideal.' Carl Maes, University of Arizona
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'... Optical Physics has a long proud history as a definitive text on optics. This new [edition] adds recent developments such as super-resolution while retaining all the key material and beautiful images from the earlier editions.' Charles S. Adams, Durham University
Synopsis
Fourth edition of a well-established textbook for undergraduate courses on modern optics, with numerous practical examples and figures.
About the Author
Ariel Lipson is Senior Physicist at BrightView Systems Ltd, Israel. He has contributed to three successful start-up companies in optics, which have influenced several of the topics discussed in this book.Stephen G. Lipson is Professor of Physics and Electro-optics in the Physics Department of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. He holds the El-Op Chair of Electro-Optics at Technion where he has taught courses in optics both at elementary and advanced levels.Henry Lipson was Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK. He was a pioneer in the development of optical Fourier transform methods for solving problems in X-ray crystallography.
Table of Contents
1. History of ideas; 2. Waves; 3. Geometrical optics; 4. Fourier theory; 5. Electromagnetic waves; 6. Polarization and anisotropic media; 7. The scalar theory of diffraction; 8. Fraunhofer diffraction and interference; 9. Interferometry; 10. Optical waveguides and modulated media; 11. Coherence; 12. Image formation; 13. The classical theory of dispersion; 14. Quantum optics and lasers; Appendices; Index.