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Introducing Photonics

Brian Culshaw (author)

ISBN: 9781316609415

Publication Date: Jan 2021

Format: Paperback

The essential guide for anyone wanting a quick introduction to the fundamental ideas underlying photonics. The author uses his forty years of experience in photonics research and teaching to provide intuitive explanations of key concepts, and demonstrates how these relate to the operation of photonic devices and systems.
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The essential guide for anyone wanting a quick introduction to the fundamental ideas underlying photonics. The author uses his forty years of experience in photonics research and teaching to provide intuitive explanations of key concepts, and demonstrates how these relate to the operation of photonic devices and systems. Readers will gain insight into the nature of light and the ways in which it interacts with materials and structures, and learn how these basic ideas are applied in areas such as optical systems, 3D imaging and astronomy. Carefully designed worked examples and end-of-chapter problems enable students to check their understanding, with full solutions available online. Mathematical treatments are kept as simple as possible, allowing readers to grasp even the most complex of concepts. Clear, concise and accessible, this is the perfect guide for undergraduate students taking a first course in photonics, and anyone in academia or industry wanting to review the fundamentals.
Pages 160
Date Published 30 Jan 2021
Publisher SPIE Press
Series Spie Press Monographs
Series Part 325
Subject/s Applied optics   Optical physics  
  • Preface
  • 1 Photonics - An Introduction
  • 1.1 What is Photonics?
  • 1.2 Exploring Some Concepts
  • 1.3 Applications
  • 1.4 About This Book
  • 1.5 Some Related Background Ideas
  • 1.6 Problems
  • 2 The Nature of Light
  • 2.1 Light in a Vacuum
  • 2.2 Light in Isotropic and Anisotropic Materials
  • 2.3 Light Interacting with Structures
  • 2.4 Summary
  • 2.5 Problems
  • 3 Light Interacting with Materials
  • 3.1 Linear Optical Materials
  • 3.2 Non-Linear Optical Materials
  • 3.3 The Diversity of Optical Absorption
  • 3.4 Light Emission
  • 3.5 Materials with Controllable Optical Properties
  • 3.6 Summary
  • 3.7 Problems
  • 4 Light Interacting with Structures
  • 4.1 Structures with Dimensions Much Greater than the Optical Wavelength
  • 4.2 Structures with Dimensions of the Order of the Optical Wavelength
  • 4.3 Structures with Dimensions Much Smaller than the Optical Wavelength
  • 4.4 Summary
  • 4.5 Problems
  • 5 Photonic Tools
  • 5.1 Optical Systems
  • 5.2 Spectrometers
  • 5.3 Display Technologies
  • 5.4 Images and Imaging
  • 5.5 Three-Dimensional Imaging
  • 5.6 Precision Measurement
  • 5.7 Optical Fibres and Communication Systems
  • 5.8 Lasers in Machining and Surgery
  • 5.9 Environmental Analysis
  • 5.10 Light as a Therapy
  • 5.11 Astronomy and Very Large Telescopes
  • 5.12 Optical Tweezers
  • 5.13 Summary
  • 5.14 Problems
  • 6 The Future
  • 6.1 Super-Resolution Imaging
  • 6.2 Photonic Integrated Circuits
  • 6.3 Nanophotonics and Plasmonics
  • 6.4 Metamaterials
  • 6.5 Photonics and Materials - A Brief Summary
  • 6.6 Entangled Photons
  • 6.7 Graphene and Other Exotic Materials
  • 6.8 Manipulating Light Sources
  • 6.9 Summary
  • 6.10 Problems
  • Appendix 1 More About the Polarisation of Waves
  • Appendix 2 The Fourier Transform Properties of Lenses
  • Appendix 3 The Clausius-Mossotti Equation and the Frequency Dependence of the Refractive Index
  • Appendix 4 The Concepts of Phase and Group Velocity
  • Appendix 5 Some Fundamental Constants
  • Appendix 6 Comments and Hints on Chapter Problems
  • Further Reading
  • Index

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