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Principles of Optics

Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light

The latest edition of the authors' classic work in the field of physical optics incorporating revisions to the text and illustrations as well as references to recent contributions to the literature

An undergraduate text


Published: December 1980

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-026482-0


  • Principles of Optics still stands out as the central source of information for any serious student or research worker of optical science.

    Applied Optics

    One of the most advanced and comprehensive optics text availabe...To know all it contains is to know nearly all of optics.
    Professor H Phillip Stahl Physics & Applied Optics Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    A spectacular book.
    Joseph D Fargnole Westinghouse Scool of Applied and Eng Science, 1990


  • Preface

    Historical introduction

    Basic properties of the electromagnetic field

    Electromagnetic potentials and polarization

    Foundations of geometrical optics

    Geometrical theory of optical imaging

    Geometrical theory of aberrations

    Elements of the theory of diffraction

    The diffraction theory of aberrations

    Interference and diffraction with partially coherent light

    Rigorous diffraction theory

    Diffraction of light or ultrasonic waves

    Optics of metals

    Optics of crystals




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