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The book covers extensive areas of optics, including Maxwell equations, geometrical optics, optical instruments, polarization, interference, diffraction, and basic laser theory. read more
The book covers extensive areas of optics, including Maxwell equations, geometrical optics, optical instruments, polarization, interference, diffraction, and basic laser theory.
By glancing through the book, I have not found a technical error in the content. Derivations and important steps are provided in the book to show the results of some important equations in optics.
The textbook is up-to-date, not only contains the fundamental theory of classical optics but also touches frontiers in the field, such as subwavelength resolution.
The textbook is well written in terms of clarity. Equations are derived from fundamental principles. Important equations or statements are highlighted. Additional remarks and further references are provided.
The whole textbook is self-consistent. You can find places where equations/statements from previous chapters are referred to in later chapters.
There are seven chapters in this book and each chapter is relatively modular by itself. However, one would rely on the results of previous chapters.
The structure of this book is very well organized. It starts from Maxwell's equations, then derives the geometrical optics from Fermat's Principle. Optical instruments are based on the results of geometrical optics. The other properties of light are discussed in the next three chapters. Each chapter contains a summary box, relevant figures, remarks, references, and problems to exercise.
The interface is very good. One minor issue: Font size in Chapter 6.8 is smaller compared to previous sections.
The textbook has almost no grammatical errors. I only noticed a few typos, such as additional parenthesis.
The textbook is not culturally insensitive or offensive.
Overall, this is a very good textbook for students are want to have a good understanding of geometrical optics and wave optics. There are many practical examples of applying the theory, such as a camera, the human eye, stellar interferometry, etc.
Table of Contents
- 1 Basic Electromagnetic and Wave Optics
- 2. Geometrical Optics
- 3. Optical Instruments
- 4. Polarisation
- 5. Interference and coherence
- 6. Scalar diffraction optics
- 7. Lasers
About the Book
This book treats optics at the level of students in the later stage of their bachelor or the beginning of their master. It is assumed that the student is familiar with Maxwell’s equations. Although the book takes account of the fact that optics is part of electromagnetism, special emphasis is put on the usefulness of approximate models of optics, their hierarchy and limits of validity. Approximate models such as geometrical optics and paraxial geometrical optics are treated extensively and applied to image formation by the human eye, the microscope and the telescope.
About the Contributors
Sander Konijnenberg studied Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology. At the same university, he obtained his PhD (cum laude) in the Optics Group on the topic of ptychography and phase retrieval. He currently works at ASML Research in Veldhoven (NL).
Aurèle J.L. Adam is an Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology. He is an Engineer from CentraleSupelec (promo 2000) and got his PhD from the University of Paris VI. His expertise lies in the Terahertz field and he enjoys scattering problems and free form optics.
H. Paul Urbach is Professor of Optics at Delft University of Technology and scientific director of the Dutch Optics Centre, a joint initiative of Delft University and the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Previously he has been with Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. His research interests are optical imaging and diffraction theory.