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Classical Optics and its Applications
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  • 416 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 516 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.916 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 621.36
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: TA1520 .M37 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Optics

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521804998 | ISBN-10: 052180499X)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published February 2002

Replaced by 9780521881692


In thirty-seven self-contained chapters this book covers a broad range of topics in classical optics. The chapters in the first half deal primarily with basic optical concepts, while those in the second half describe how these concepts can be used in a variety of technological applications. Each chapter introduces and develops a specialized topic in a comprehensive manner. Mansuripur provides the reader with accessible discussions of optical phenomena, aided by numerous diagrams and computer simulation images, with minimal mathematical detail. Topics covered include classical diffraction theory, optics of crystals, peculiarities of polarized light, thin-film multilayer stacks and coatings, geometrical optics and ray-tracing, optical microscopy, interferometry, coherence, holography, and nonlinear optics.


Preface; Introduction; 1. Abbe's sine condition; 2. Fourier optics; 3. Effects of polarization on diffraction in systems of high numerical aperture; 4. Gaussian beam optics; 5. Coherent and incoherent imaging; 6. First-order temporal coherence in classical optics; 7. The Van Cittert–Zernike theorem; 8. Partial polarization, Stokes parameters, and the Poincarè sphere; 9. What in the world are surface plasmons?; 10. The Faraday effect; 11. The magneto-optical Kerr effect; 12. Fabry–Perot etalons in polarized light; 13. The Ewald–Oseen extinction theorem; 14. Reciprocity in classical linear optics; 15. Optical vortices; 16. Geometric-optical rays, Poynting's vector, and field momenta; 17. Diffraction gratings; 18. The Talbot effect; 19. Some quirks of total internal reflection; 20. Evanescent coupling; 21. Internal and external conical refraction; 22. The method of Fox and Li; 23. The beam propagation method; 24. Michelson's stellar interferometer; 25. Bracewell's interferometric telescope; 26. Scanning optical microscopy; 27. Zernike's method of phase contrast; 28. Polarization microscopy; 29. Nomarski's differential interference contrast microscope; 30. The Van Leeuwenhoek microscope; 31. Projection photolithography; 32. The Ronchi test; 33. The Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor; 34. Ellipsometry; 35. Holography and holographic interferometry; 36. Self-focusing in non-linear optical media; 37. Laser-induced heating of multilayers.

Prize Winner

Honorable Mention, The Optical Society of America and The International Society for Optical Engineering, from the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award


"The pedagogical style of these columns, which are presented in clear language understandable to those who are not experts in the field of classical optics, seemed to me not only suitable for a wide circle of readers, but also worthy of publication in a collection...The book presents a large amount of material in a clear, succint manner. There are numerous illustrations, including a selection of high-quality graphs...The author has managed to strike the right balance between depth of analysis and breadth of material." Optics & Photonics News

"...this text is an ideal companion for graduate-level courses in optics, providing supplementary reading material for teachers and students alike. Industrial scientists and engineers developing modern optical systems will also find this book an invaluable resource." Poptronics

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