An addition to the “Press Monograph” series, the volume Optics Made Clear: The Nature of Light and How We Use It describes in a nontechnical style many of the natural phenomena caused by light and the optical devices that use it. It has a chapter on the basic phenomena of optics and one on basic optical components and instruments. It includes natural optical phenomena found in the environment, such as solar variability, mirages, rainbows and lightning. William L. Wolfe; SPIE Press, Bellingham, Wash., 2007; $46, SPIE members; $56, nonmembers.
- The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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