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Rays, Waves and Photons

A compendium of foundations and emerging technologies of pure and applied optics
William L Wolfe


Rays Waves and Photons presents the foundational concepts of optical science. Written by subject, each topic is presented in a standalone chapter with a brief historical foundation, current developments, and future predictions. With non-technical language, this book provides accessible content with terms, concepts and definitions, a glossary, and appendices to enhance the reader's experience. More than 40 subjects are discussed, including optical design, lenses, cameras, microscopes, telescopes, lasers, fibers, missiles, autonomous cars and remote sensing. This book will provide a useful resource for students, teachers, professionals, and general audiences interested in the complexity of optical phenomena and devices.

Key Features

  • Provides foundations of the knowledge of light and its many applications
  • Uses simplified language for non-specialists
  • Terms and definitions are provided throughout, including a glossary

About Editors

William L Wolfe is a Professor Emeritus at the James C Wyant College of Optical Sciences. He monitored some 50 students and did research there for 25 years before retirement. His career in optics spans more than 60 years in government, industry, and academia.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780750326100

Ebook ISBN: 9780750326124

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2612-4

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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