Principles of Optics

Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light


  • M. Born, Formerly at Universities of Gottingen and Edinburgh
  • E. Wolf, University of Rochester, New York, USA

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
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An undergraduate text


Book information

  • 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

Table of Contents


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