Optics / Edition 2by Eugene Hecht, Alfred Zajac
Pub. Date: 05/28/1987
Accurate, comprehensive and precise, this revision provides students with the most up-to-date coverage of optics. Responsive to students' needs, the focus of the revision was to fine-tune the pedagogy, modernize the discourse, and update the content. The third edition continues the gradually modernizing treatment of the previous edition by imparting an appreciation of the central role of atomic scattering, providing an understanding of the insightful perspective offered by the Fourier Theory, and by, from the outset, explicating the underlying quantum mechanical nature of light. Additionally, the third edition addresses all of today's significant technological advances.
As always, Hecht provides a good balance of theory and instrumentation, while providing readers with classical background. The writing style is lively and colorful, with historical anecdotes and citations, and at the request of previous edition users, Hecht has included about 125 new problems, designed primarily to develop students' analytic skills.
- Hecht presents a current, detailed, and comprehensive coverage of optics
- As with previous editions, the text employs a good balance of theory and instrumentation, and provides students a classical background with historical anecdotes and citations
- Hecht has added new problems that are designed primarily to develop students' needed analytic skills
Table of Contents1. 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.
11. Fourier Optics.
12. Basics of Coherence Theory.
13. Modern Optics: Lasers and Other Topics.
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