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The light fantastic : a modern introduction to classical and quantum optics / I. R. Kenyon

Main Author Kenyon, Ian R. Country Reino Unido. Edition 2nd ed Publication Oxford : Oxford University Press, cop. 2011 Description XXI, 710 p. : il. ; 25 cm ISBN 978-0-19-958460-4 CDU 535
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A thorough introduction to modern classical and quantum optics, appropriate for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduates. The emphasis is on building an understanding in straightforward steps. Digital cameras, LCD screens, laser welding, and the optical fibre-based internet illustratethe penetration of optics in twenty-first century life: many such modern applications are presented from first principles.Self-contained themes covered in the book include:* Paraxial ray optics for devices including matrix methods and aberrations.* Interference, coherence and interferometry.* Diffraction, spectrometry and Gaussian optics.* Fourier optics, holography and information processing.* Astronomical telescopes, adaptive optics and aperture synthesis.* Maxwell's theory; scattering, absorption and dispersion in bulk materials; multilayer filters.* Quantum phenomena, wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle.* Schroedinger's analysis of spectra, photon properties.* Laser principles; He:Ne to MQW lasers and applications.* Detectors: photodiodes, CCDs, PMs and image intensifiers; response, noise and linearity.* Fibre optics: single mode fibre analysis; the modern data highway; fibre sensors.* Photon-atom interactions, optical cooling and optical clocks.* Second quantization, photon correlations, SPDC, entanglement.This thoroughly revised and updated edition includes new coverage of photonic crystals and Bloch waves, as well as quantum dots and microcavities.

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Optics has impacted most hard sciences through an unprecedented development of highly accurate, sophisticated instruments able to guide scientists and engineers in their exploration of nature. Therefore, an in-depth understanding of classical and certain particular aspects of quantum optics is a fundamental step in the education of undergraduate and graduate-level science students. Here, Kenyon (Univ. of Birmingham, UK) presents a complete description of classical optics theory combined with some quantum notions of light, covering essential aspects and applications. The book is structured to give a short, consistent theoretical framework of fundamental concepts of light theory ranging from basic Maxwell equations, plane waves, interference, polarization, etc., to basic notions of laser physics. This is supplemented by a compilation of applications of light with exceptional examples in astronomy and spectroscopy. Kenyon writes in a very accessible language using classical mathematical notation. He illustrates each chapter with descriptions of scientific instruments and some complex instrumental design and includes problems to stimulate the development of student's ideas about light. The Light Fantastic is well suited for undergraduate courses in astronomy and astrophysics (if students have a background in electromagnetics, optics, and modern physics). The book contains material to partially support some aspects of spectroscopy courses as well. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. G. J. Fochesatto University of Alaska

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Ian Kenyon has been a Research Associate at Oxford University, Northwestern University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and subsequently Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at Birmingham University.

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