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Photonics Spectra
Apr 2008
McGrawHillSpie.jpgThe fourth edition of Modern Optical Engineering: The Design of Optical Systems provides information on advances in optical engineering theory, design and practice, including new chapters on ray tracing, optical system design and third-order aberration theory. The 764-page volume discusses new lens designs and optical design software and includes new problems and exercises. With more than 150 detailed illustrations, it covers basic optical devices, optical materials, interference coatings, prisms and mirrors, optics fabrication and testing, image formation and evaluation, radiometry and photometry, and stops and apertures. Gaussian and paraxial optics are considered. Warren J. Smith; McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., New York, and SPIE Press, Bellingham, Wash., 2008; $89.95.

ray tracing
The mathematical calculation of the path traveled by a ray through an optical component or system.
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