Part of the “Physics Textbook” series, the second, revised and enlarged edition of Optics, Light and Lasers: The Practical Approach to Modern Aspects of Photonics and Laser Physics includes new chapters on quantum optics and on photonic fibers and materials, and it includes more than 100 problems on laser physics and applied optics. The 571-page textbook discusses the concepts of classical optics and details the phenomena of linear and nonlinear light-matter interaction, along with the properties of modern laser sources. Providing numerous charts, diagrams and equations, it addresses topics such as light rays, wave optics, optical images, light propagation in matter, coherence and interferometry, sensors for light, semiconductor lasers and laser spectroscopy. A bibliography and an index are provided. Dieter Meschede; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2007; $95.
- quantum optics
- The area of optics in which quantum theory is used to describe light in discrete units or ‘quanta’ of energy known as photons. First observed by Albert Einstein’s photoelectric effect, this particle description of light is the foundation for describing the transfer of energy (i.e. absorption and emission) in light matter interaction.
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