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Optical Physics

4th Edition

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521493451

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  • This fourth edition of a well-established textbook takes students from fundamental ideas to the most modern developments in optics. Illustrated with 400 figures, it contains numerous practical examples, many from student laboratory experiments and lecture demonstrations. Aimed at undergraduate and advanced courses on modern optics, it is ideal for scientists and engineers. The book covers the principles of geometrical and physical optics, leading into quantum optics, using mainly Fourier transforms and linear algebra. Chapters are supplemented with advanced topics and up-to-date applications, exposing readers to key research themes, including negative refractive index, surface plasmon resonance, phase retrieval in crystal diffraction and the Hubble telescope, photonic crystals, super-resolved imaging in biology, electromagnetically induced transparency, slow light and superluminal propagation, entangled photons and solar energy collectors. Solutions to the problems, simulation programs, key figures and further discussions of several topics are available at

    • Features numerous practical examples, many of which can be easily repeated in a laboratory, and illustrated with 400 figures
    • Exposes readers to key research themes through advanced topics and up-to-date applications
    • Additional resources online include solutions to the problems, simulation programs, key figures, experimental demonstrations and further discussions of several topics
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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521493451
    • length: 590 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.42kg
    • contains: 375 b/w illus. 190 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. History of ideas
    2. Waves
    3. Geometrical optics
    4. Fourier theory
    5. Electromagnetic waves
    6. Polarization and anisotropic media
    7. The scalar theory of diffraction
    8. Fraunhofer diffraction and interference
    9. Interferometry
    10. Optical waveguides and modulated media
    11. Coherence
    12. Image formation
    13. The classical theory of dispersion
    14. Quantum optics and lasers

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    Optical Physics

    Ariel Lipson, Stephen G. Lipson, Henry Lipson

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  • Authors

    Ariel Lipson, BrightView Systems Ltd, Israel
    Ariel Lipson is Senior Physicist at BrightView Systems Ltd, Israel. He has contributed to three successful start-up companies in optics, which have influenced several of the topics discussed in this book.

    Stephen G. Lipson, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
    Stephen G. Lipson is Professor of Physics and Electro-optics in the Physics Department of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. He holds the El-Op Chair of Electro-Optics at Technion where he has taught courses in optics both at elementary and advanced levels.

    Henry Lipson, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
    Henry Lipson was Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK. He was a pioneer in the development of optical Fourier transform methods for solving problems in X-ray crystallography.

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