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A Practical Guide to Experimental Geometrical Optics


  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107170940

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  • A concise, yet deep introduction to experimental, geometrical optics, this book begins with fundamental concepts and then develops the practical skills and research techniques routinely used in modern laboratories. Suitable for students, researchers and optical engineers, this accessible text teaches readers how to build their own optical laboratory and to design and perform optical experiments. It uses a hands-on approach which fills a gap between theory-based textbooks and laboratory manuals, allowing the reader to develop their practical skills in this interdisciplinary field, and also explores the ways in which this knowledge can be applied to the design and production of commercial optical devices. Including supplementary online resources to help readers track and evaluate their experimental results, this text is the ideal companion for anyone with a practical interest in experimental geometrical optics.

    • Written in a pedagogical style, the text can be easily followed both by students in physics and engineering, and also by those without a formal physics background
    • Including supplementary learning materials online, the reader is provided with ready-to-use tools to enhance their knowledge and skills
    • The authors provide information on the purchase of optical equipment to allow the reader to realise the experiments described
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    'This book is unique in that it fills the gap between theory textbooks and laboratory manuals in the field of optics. [The authors] provide descriptions of experiments supported by theoretical explanations of the phenomena responsible … The text can also be used by instructors looking for a laboratory manual or by optical scientists hoping to hone their experimental skills. It offers valuable advice to those looking to build an optics lab, including guidance on what equipment to purchase, relevant costs, and other practical concerns. Readers are given ideas for practical applications of the knowledge gleaned from experiments for building their own optical devices. The book's online supplements, such as tools to help analyze experiment results, are a major bonus. Overall, this work is an excellent resource for instructors and for optical engineers and scientists, whether in academia or in industry.' S. Tripathi, Choice

    'I commend the authors for providing the optics community with an excellent laboratory manual that helps the reader to construct optical instruments that can be used to validate the material found in textbooks on geometrical optics … Hands-on experiments are preferable to demonstrations and videos of experiments; they provide critical training for readers who will actually work with optics and construct instruments. The book contains the basic physical theory and associated mathematics, a materials list, procedures, and suggestions for the reader's modification of the experiments. There are clear diagrams of ray tracing, detailed definitions of optical terms, images of the instruments and circuit diagrams of the associated electronics. The last chapter introduces the reader to optical software. Suggested references and an index are also provided.' Barry R. Masters, Optics and Photonics News

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107170940
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 146 b/w illus. 97 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Markets of optical materials, components, accessories, light sources and detectors
    2. Introduction to optical experiments: light producing, light managing, light detection and measuring
    3. Light detectors based on semiconductors: photoresistors, photodiodes in a photo-galvanic regime. Principles of operation and measurements
    4. Linear light detectors based on photodiodes
    5. Basic laws of geometrical optics: experimental verification
    6. Converging and diverging thin lenses
    7. Thick lenses
    8. Lens systems
    9. Simple optical instruments I: the eye and the magnifier, eyepieces and telescopes
    10. Simple optical instruments II: light illuminators and microscope
    11. Spherical mirrors
    12. Introduction to optical aberrations
    13. Elements of optical radiometry
    14. Cylindrical lenses and vials
    15. Methods of geometrical optics to measure refractive index
    16. Dispersion of light and prism spectroscope
    17. Elements of computer aided optical design

  • Authors

    Yuriy A. Garbovskiy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
    Yuriy A. Garbovskiy is Lab Manager of the BioFrontiers Center at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His research interests include the physics of liquid crystals and nanomaterials. He is a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America.

    Anatoliy V. Glushchenko, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
    Anatoliy V. Glushchenko is Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Director of the Center for Advanced Technologies and Optical Materials. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his research, including Inventor of the Year Award (University of Colorado, 2007), and the Thomas Jefferson Award (University of Colorado, 2013).

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