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Photonics Spectra
Nov 2008
A free monograph for students who want to learn the basics of optics and photonics can be downloaded at the Web site of SPIE. A CD-ROM also is available at a modest cost. Designed for first- and second-year college students, the 10-chapter book Fundamentals of Photonics also is suitable for nontraditional students, such as lifelong learners, or for those who want to develop their interest in the field.

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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