Principles of Physical Optics

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Principles of Physical Optics

By Charles A. Bennett

Principles of Physical Optics offers modern topic coverage, emphasis and pedagogy. This course will prove to be attractive to physics majors, and provide students with expertise valued in industry. Principles provides students with a completely modern approach to the field of optics, covering a wide range of topics. This includes detailed discussions on geometric optics, superposition and interference, and diffraction. Students will learn the latest information on lasers, optical imaging, polarization, and nonlinear optics.

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Chapter 1. The Physics of Waves
Chapter 2. Electromagnetic Waves and Photons
Chapter 3. Reflection And Refraction
Chapter 4. Geometric Optics
Chapter 5. Superposition and Interference
Chapter 6. Diffraction
Chapter 7. Lasers
Chapter 8. Optical Imaging
Chapter 9. Polarization and Nonlinear Optics