Optical Sources, Detectors, and Systems

Optical Sources, Detectors, and Systems

Fundamentals and Applications

1st Edition - June 20, 1995

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  • Author: Robert Kingston
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080538105

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Optical Sources, Detectors, and Systems presents a unified approach, from the applied engineering point of view, to radiometry, optical devices, sources, and receivers. One of the most important and unique features of the book is that it combines modern optics, electric circuits, and system analysis into a unified, comprehensive treatment. The text provides physical concepts together with numerous data for sources and systems and offers basic analytical tools for a host of practical applications. Convenient reference sources, such as a glossary with explanatory text for specialized optical terminology, are included. Also, there are many illustrative examples and problems with solutions. The book covers many important, diverse areas such as medical thermography, fiber optical communications, and CCD cameras. It also explains topics such asD *, NEP, f number, RA product, BER, shot noise, and more. This volume can be considered an essential reference for research and practical scientists working with optical and infrared systems, as well as a text for graduate-level courses on optoelectronics, optical sources and systems, and optical detection. Aproblem solution manual for instructors who wish to adopt this text is available.

Key Features

  • Provides a unified treatment of optical sources, detectors, and applications
  • Explains D *, NEP, f number, RA product, BER, shot noise, and more
  • Contains numerous illustrative examples and exercises with solutions
  • Extensively illustrated with more than 90 drawings and graphs


Researchers, graduate and post-graduate students, and practicing engineers and scientists dealing with optical and optoelectronic devices and their applications in both the physics and engineering communities. Thus, along with individual buyers, the market includes industry, bookstores, and libraries. Although it might be used by college juniors and seniors specializing in optics and optical engineering, reviewers of the text suggest it is better suited for adoption by graduate-level courses on optoelectronics, optical sources and systems, and optical detection.

Table of Contents

  • Blackbody Radiation, Image Plane Intensity, and Units
    Interaction of Radiation with Matter
    Absorption, Emission, and Lasers
    The Semiconductor Laser
    The Ideal Photon Detector and Noise Limitations on Optical Signal Measurement
    Real Detectors
    Vacuum Photodiode and Photomultiplier, Photoconductor, Junction Photodiode, Avalanche Photodiode
    Heterodyne or Coherent Detection and Optical Amplification
    Systems I: Radiometry, Communications, and Radar
    SystemsII: Imaging. References
    Appendix: Problem Solutions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 198
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1995
  • Published: June 20, 1995
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080538105

About the Author

Robert Kingston

Affiliations and Expertise

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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