Introduction to Optics

  • Germain Chartier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Pages 57-90
  3. Pages 91-148
  4. Pages 179-258
  5. Pages 259-298
  6. Pages 299-349
  7. Pages 351-377
  8. Pages 379-448
  9. Pages 449-477
  10. Pages 517-566
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 579-595

About this book


Since the discovery of the laser in 1960 and optical fibers in 1970, optics has undergone dramatic changes that accentuate its multi-disciplinary character. This text covers essential concepts and reports the key developments and progress in current knowledge in the field. Inspired by the style of Richard Feynman, the method of presentation emphasizes "telling" optics, rather than deducing it from fundamental laws, as well as tactfully using mathematical tools so as not to obscure the physical phenomena of interest. For its excellent teaching approach, the book received the Arnulf-Francon Award of the French Optical Society. The concepts are formulated in a way such that the necessary mathematical tools do not hinder comprehension of the phenomena. Global in vision, the book can also be used as a reference. In addition to the traditional aspects of optics, it includes the tools and methods currently used by researchers and engineers, as well as explanation and implications of the most recent developments.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Germain Chartier
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut National Polytechnique de GrenobleGrenoble, Cedex 1France

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