Synopses & Reviews
Schlieren and shadowgraph techniques are basic and valuable tools in various scientific and engineering disciplines. They allow us to see the invisible: the optical inhomogeneities in transparent media like air, water, and glass that otherwise cause only ghostly distortions of our normal vision. These techniques are discussed briefly in many books and papers, but there is no up-to-date complete treatment of the subject before now. The book is intended as a practical guide for those who want to use these methods, as well as a resource for a broad range of disciplines where scientific visualization is important. The colorful 400-year history of these methods is covered in an extensive introductory chapter accessible to all readers.
Table of Contents
Historical Background.- Basic Concepts.- Toepler's Schlieren Technique.- Large-Field and Focusing Schlieren Methods.- Specialized Schlieren Techniques.- Shadowgraph Techniques.- Practical Issues.- Setting Up Your Own Simple Schlieren and Shadowgraph System.- Applications.- Quantitative Evaluation.- Summary and Outlook.- References.- Appendix A Optical Fundamentals.- Appendix B The Schlieren System as a Fourier Optical Processor.- Appendix C Parts List for a Simple Schlieren/Shadowgraph System.- Appendix D Suppliers of Schlieren Systems and Components.- Index.- Color Plates.