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This incisive text provides a basic undergraduate-level course in modern optics for students in physics, technology and engineering. The first half of the book deals with classical physical optics; the second principally with the quantum nature of light. Chapters 1 and 2 treat the propagation of light waves, including the concepts of phase and group velocities, and the vectorial nature of light. Chapter 3 applies the concepts of partial coherence and coherence length to the study of interference, and Chapter 4 takes up multiple-beam interference and includes Fabry-Perot interferometry and multilayer-film theory. Diffraction and holography are the subjects of Chapter 5, and the propagation of light in material media (including crystal and nonlinear optics) are central to Chapter 6. Chapters 7 and 8 introduce the quantum theory of light and elementary optical spectra, and Chapter 9 explores the theory of light amplification and lasers. Chapter 10 briefly outlines ray optics in order to introduce students to the matrix method for treating optical systems and to apply the ray matrix to the study of laser resonators.
Many applications of the laser to the study of optics are integrated throughout the text. The author assumes students have had an intermediate course in electricity and magnetism and some advanced mathematics beyond calculus. For classroom use, a list of problems is included at the end of each chapter, with selected answers at the end of the book.
Posted February 23, 2013
My background in chemical physics (critical phenomena, ultrasonic absorption, scattering theory of molecular collisions, etc.) goes back to around the date this book was written....so that I had to rejuvenate my memories of the concepts in this book. While I never had to do serious optics works in my Ph. D. studies, and I need optics rather less now, I found the intellectual enterprise behind optics more intriguing than before, thanks to this book. At first, I thought that the book lacked balance - e.g., basic geometric optics is covered as somewhat of an afterthought, and the core of the book extended to topics that I thought were abstruse....until I read, by chance, the fine description of the clever way of measuring stellar diameters on pages 78-79. I then found Fowles' insightful way of describing radiation from a fluorescing atom as the radiation from a transition dipole in a semiclassical way on pages 245-246. I found more little gems in the book and ended up reading virtually all of it. I complemented its coverage with the contents of a couple of other books, to get a very satisfying view of optics, from classical geometric optics to the wealth of wave and quantum-mechanical phenomena. I think I grasp coherence now. That was some time coming!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2004
Early edition of this book was very helpful adjunct in EE antennas class. Also used it during early career in fiber optics with ITT Telecom about 20 years ago; 1st time seeing a 'natural'Fabry-Perot cavity in the form of what was then non-contacting FO connectors, an incidental effect but 'mysterious' until the FP-cavity effect confirmed; this book was very useful in that issue and also in other basic considerations such as coherence length & time in real FO systems. I currently have a copy of the Dover edition as well as the original HB. Unlike some Dover material this book is worth more than the Dover price-- a good buy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2003
Light is special to us not only because we are puzzled as to its nature and how it interacts, but because the presence of light inspires us to create. The more we see, with our eyes and with our minds, the more we want to communicate and express. This book does not focus on the angle of reflection-- but the question, 'What is light?'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2001
This is not an introductory book. It is only useful for students already familiar with optics and EM waves. The book is too brief in many instances and completely fails to give any intuitive feel of the material. Many of the critical derivations of equations are 'left as exercises' for the student. Book is not awful, but not recommended for anyone but the devoted student who wishes to struggle through the material.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2000
This book gives clear physical pictures in classical optics. Equations and mathematics are adquet and straitfoward. Great for people who want to know what Optics is all about and build a nice foundation toward further study.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.