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Optics Experiments and Demonstrations for Student Laboratories

Professor Stephen G Lipson


This book provides a comprehensive guide to a wide range of optical experiments. Topics covered include classical geometrical and physical optics, polarization, scattering and diffraction, imaging, interference, wave propagation, optical properties of materials, and atmospheric and relativistic optics. There are a few selected suggestions on lasers and quantum optics. The book is an essential practical guide for optics students and their mentors at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The experiments described are based on the author's experience during many years of laboratory teaching in several universities and colleges and the emphasis is on setups which use equipment that is commonly available in student labs, with minimal dependence on special samples or instruments. A basic background in physics and optics is assumed, but commonly encountered problems and mistakes are discussed. There are several appendices describing specialized points which are difficult to locate in the literature, and advice is provided about computer simulations which accompany some of the experiments.

Key Features
  • Describes experiments in a wide range of optical topics, which an advanced undergraduate student will be acquainted with
  • Emphasizes how to carry out the experiments in a student laboratory, without the need for specialized equipment

About Editors

Stephen G Lipson, is an emeritus professor of physics and electro-optics at Technion and Ort Braude College. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has been at Technion since 1966. He is a co-author of the textbook Optical Physics (Cambridge University Press, 4th edition 2011), together with his son Ariel Lipson and father Henry Lipson, and An Introduction to Optical Stellar Interferometry (C.U.P. 2006), together with Peter Nisenson and Antoine Labeyrie.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780750322980

Ebook ISBN: 9780750323000

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2300-0

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Emerging Technologies in Optics and Photonics


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