Optics, 5th Edition
©2016 |Pearson | Available
Eugene Hecht, Adelphi University
©2016 |Pearson | Available
For courses in Optics
A Contemporary Approach to Optics with Practical Applications and New Focused Pedagogy
Hecht Optics balances theory and instrumentation and provides students with the necessary classical background through a lively and clear narrative.
Optics, Fifth Edition is distinguished by three core imperatives: up-to-date content in line with the ever-evolving technological advances in the Optics field; a modern approach to discourse including studies on photons, phasors, and theory; and improvements and revisions to the previous edition’s pedagogy including over one hundred new worked examples.
Sustaining market leadership for over twenty years, Optics, Fifth Edition continues to demonstrate range and balance in subject matter. The text is grounded in traditional methodology, while providing an early introduction to the powerful perspective of the Fourier theory, which is crucial to present-day analysis. Electron and neutron diffraction patterns are pictured alongside the customary photon images, and every piece of art has been scrutinized for accuracy and altered where appropriate to improve clarity.
1: A Brief History
2: Wave Motion
3: Electromagnetic Theory, Photons, and Light
4: The Propagation of Light
5: Geometrical Optics
6: More on Geometrical Optics
7: The Superposition of Waves
11: Fourier Optics
12: Basics of Coherence Theory
13: Modern Optics: Lasers and Other Topics
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Gene Hecht is a professor of physics at Adelphi University and author of a number of books including three on American ceramics and seven on physics. His main interests are the history of ideas and the elucidation of the basic concepts of physics. He spends most of his time teaching, studying physics, and training for his fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do.
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