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Rules of Thumb

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Photonics Rules of Thumb Scientists and engineers tend to want to answer simple relational questions with a blackboard covered with equations, even when questioners just want a rough estimate to gauge whether a change would cause more problems than it would fix. The rules of thumb on the following pages provide the framework for this kind of “guesstimate,” with shortcuts to relatively accurate answers. Readers, staff writers, article authors and contributing editors have submitted most of these helpful hints. They are not designed to replace the equations and data...Read full article

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