Lasers pp 9-32 | Cite as

Basic Optics

  • K. Thyagarajan
  • Ajoy Ghatak
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


In this chapter we will discuss the basic concepts associated with polarization, diffraction, and interference of a light wave. The concepts developed in this chapter will be used in the rest of the book. For more details on these basic concepts, the reader may refer to Born and Wolf (1999), Jenkins and White (1981), Ghatak (2009), Ghatak and Thyagarajan (1989), and Tolansky (1955).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia

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