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    BSc Optics - 2nd edition

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    Sander Konijnenberg, Delft University of Technology

    Aurèle J.L. Adam, Delft University of Technology

    Paul Urbach, Delft University of Technology

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    Publisher: TU Delft Open

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Mazen Nairat, Assistant Professor, Garden City Community College on 11/24/22

    The book is comprehensive and covers all the basics on optics, it is very good to be used as textbook for introductory in Optics. read more

    Reviewed by Wenchao Ge, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale on 3/17/22

    The book covers extensive areas of optics, including Maxwell equations, geometrical optics, optical instruments, polarization, interference, diffraction, and basic laser theory. read more

    Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Basic Electromagnetic and Wave Optics
    • Geometrical Optics
    • Optical Instruments
    • Polarisation
    • Interference and Coherence
    • Scalar Diffraction Optics
    • Lasers
    • About the Authors
    • References
    • Appendices

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    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.

    Polarisation states and how to manipulate them are studied using Jones vectors and Jones matrices.  In the context of interference, the coherence of light is explained thoroughly. To understand fundamental limits of resolution which cannot be explained by geometrical optics, diffraction theory is applied to imaging. The angular spectrum method and evanescent waves are used to understand the inherent loss of information about subwavelength features during the propagation of light. The book ends with a study of the working principle of the laser.

    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.

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