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Accurate, authoritative and comprehensive, Optics, Fourth Edition has been revised to provide readers with the most up-to-date coverage of optics. The market leader for over a decade, this book provides a balance of theory and instrumentation, while also including the necessary classical background. The writing style is lively and accessible.

This edition of Hecht's book serves as both text and reference. It provides the reader with an understanding of many concepts through historical anecdotes and citations. Discussions of topics include developments in fiber optics, optical signal processing and Fourier analysis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805385663
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 8/2/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 680
  • Sales rank: 529,758
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A Brief History.

2. Wave Motion.

UPDATED! 3. Electromagnetic Theory, Photons, and Light.

4. The Propagation of Light.

5. Geometrical Optics.

6. More on Geometrical Optics.

7. The Superposition of Waves.

8. Polarization.

9. Interference.

10. Diffraction.

11. Fourier Optics.

12. Basics of Coherence Theory.

13. Modern Optics: Lasers and Other Topics.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    A practical reference

    As a practicing engineer, this book provides an excellent reference. The breadth of material is extraordinary. As an introduction to the subject, it might be difficult to read alone without guidance. There are numerous references to books with more detail on the subjects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    A full text

    The other fairly negative reviews are relatively accurate about this book. Yes, I am sure Hecht is unclear with many of the subjects he covered. One person simply cannot be an expert at EM theory, thin film, lasers, waveguides, instrumentation, and Fourier optics, etc. I understand that there's plenty of room for improvement, but as for now, I think Hecht's text book gets the job done as a source that everyone can refer to. If Hecht was to cover everything in clear mathematical detail, this text would at least be the size of a full set of encyclopedias. So, just read on and take some things at face value if time does not allow for other sources.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    Still in the Dark After This Book

    I get the impression that Hecht is not clear himself on many of the concepts. My view is if you have mastered the topic, you should be able to explain it to your 15 year old kid. Keep studying Hecht. Maybe someday you will figure it out and update, probably version 35 by then.

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