Optics Demystified

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-13
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Are you in the dark when it comes to understanding the science of optics? Now there's a glimmer in the gloom! Optics Demystified brings this challenging topic into focus.

Author Biography

Stan Gibilisco is the n++fathern++ of the DeMYSTiFied series. His 14 DeMYSTiFied books, which include Physics Demystified, Geometry Demystified, and Statistics Demystified, have sold more than 300,000 copies. Other titles that have been exceptionally successful include Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics (all four editions), The TAB Encyclopedia for Technicians, and The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. .

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
The Nature of Lightp. 1
The Speed of Lightp. 1
Newton's Particle Theoryp. 7
The Wave Theoryp. 10
The Electromagnetic Spectrump. 20
Light and Relativityp. 23
Simultaneityp. 23
Quizp. 30
Classical Opticsp. 33
Reflectionp. 33
Refractionp. 43
Color Dispersionp. 50
Lensesp. 56
Quizp. 61
Common Optical Devicesp. 65
Color Mixingp. 65
Camerasp. 71
Projectors and Displaysp. 77
Optical Microscopesp. 81
Optical Telescopesp. 87
Quizp. 95
Common Optical Effectsp. 99
Radiation Pressurep. 99
Scatteringp. 105
Diffractionp. 111
Phase and Interferencep. 116
Polarizationp. 123
Quizp. 130
Laser Fundamentalsp. 133
What Is Laser Light?p. 133
The Cavity Laserp. 140
Semiconductor Lasersp. 147
Solid-State Lasersp. 153
Other Noteworthy Lasersp. 156
Quizp. 160
Optical Data Transmissionp. 163
Optical and Image Transducersp. 163
Modulating a Light Beamp. 171
Fiberopticsp. 179
Robotics Applicationsp. 184
Quizp. 193
Optics in the Fieldp. 197
Ranging and Alignmentp. 197
Industrial Applicationsp. 205
Other Applications of Lasersp. 213
Quizp. 219
Exotic Opticsp. 223
Holographyp. 223
How Holograms Are Madep. 227
Photometry and Spectrometryp. 235
Astronomy beyond the Visiblep. 239
Quizp. 247
Optics to Heal and Defendp. 251
Medical Diagnosis and Treatmentp. 251
Medical Surgeryp. 258
Military Opticsp. 262
Quizp. 270
Optical Illusionsp. 273
Lines and Curvesp. 273
Depth and Displacementp. 278
Size and Shapep. 282
Ambiguity and "Ghosts"p. 288
Quizp. 297
Final Examp. 303
Answers to Quiz and Exam Questionsp. 341
Suggested Additional Readingp. 345
Indexp. 347
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