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Overview

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.

Features:

  • 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

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: 9780201838879
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 694
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Brief History 1
2 Wave Motion 11
3 Electromagnetic Theory, Photons, and Light 37
4 The Propagation of Light 85
5 Geometrical Optics 148
6 More on Geometrical Optics 247
7 The Superposition of Waves 285
8 Polarization 319
9 Interference 377
10 Diffraction 433
11 Fourier Optics 512
12 Basics of Coherence Theory 554
13 Modern Optics: Lasers and Other Topics 575
Appendix 1 645
Appendix 2 648
Table 1 649
Solutions to Selected Problems 654
Bibliography 681
Index 685
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    4th Edition struggles

    I have the 4th edition for my optics class. I wonder if Hecht knows there¿s concepts behind the math. I also wonder who laid out the format of this book and if they have any touch with reality. The complete lack of any examples also disturbs me.

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