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Optical Systems Design Detection Essentials

Radiometry, photometry, colorimetry, noise, and measurements
Professor Robert M Bunch


All optical systems have the same basic form consisting of an input source of light carrying information, components and devices that modify the light propagating through the system, and a method of detecting the light that produces an output from the system. The purpose of this textbook is to provide the necessary science overview of optical design detection essentials but in a context of use applied to the design process. Application case studies are included in most chapters to illustrate one or more practical concepts of a system, device, or measurement. Each chapter contains examples and end-of-chapter problems.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough understanding of all aspects of optical systems.
  • Discusses material from a practical standpoint, helping both students and practicing optical engineers.
  • Provides worked examples to explain various concepts in the text.
  • Presents application focused case studies.
  • Includes end-of-chapter problems to assist the student.

About Editors

Robert M Bunch is a Professor Emeritus of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at Rose-Hulman in 1983 and was one of the founding faculty members of the BS and MS Optical Engineering degree programs where he developed and taught undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and laboratories. From 2000 until his retirement in 2020, he also served as an Innovation Fellow at Rose-Hulman Ventures working on design and development projects with industrial clients in the areas of optics-based products, sensors, fiber optics, optical instruments, and lighting. He continues to consult with industry and is co-inventor on two patents. In 2000, he received the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780750322508

Ebook ISBN: 9780750322522

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2252-2

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Emerging Technologies in Optics and Photonics


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