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Physics of Light and Optics, J. Peatross, M. Ware, ByU (2010)

Physics of Light and Optics Justin Peatross Michael Ware Brigham Young University December 23, 2010 Preface This curriculum was originally developed for a senior-level optics course in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University. Topics are addressed from a physics perspective and include the propagation of light in matter, reflection and transmission at boundaries, polarization effects, dispersion, coherence, ray optics and imaging, diffraction, and the quantum nature
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  Physics of Light and Optics Justin PeatrossMichael WareBrigham Young University December 23, 2010  Preface This curriculum was srcinally developed for a senior-level optics course in theDepartment of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University. Topics are addressed from a physics perspective and include the propagation of light in matter,reflectionandtransmissionatboundaries,polarizationeffects,dispersion, coherence, ray optics and imaging, diffraction, and the quantum nature of light. Students using this book should be familiar with differentiation, integration, and standard trigonometric and algebraic manipulation. A brief review of complex  numbers, vector calculus, and Fourier transforms is provided in Chapter 0, but it is helpful if students already have some experience with these concepts.  While the authors retain the copyright, we have made this book available free of charge atoptics.byu.edu.This is our contribution toward a future world with free textbooks! The web site also provides a link to purchase bound copies of the book for the cost of printing. A collection of electronic material related to the text is available at the same site, including videos of students performing the lab assignments found in the book. Since the development of optics has a rich history, we have included in thebook a number of historical sketches about the lives of pioneers in the field.These sketches are not intended to be authoritative, the information for most individuals having been gleaned primarily from Wikipedia. The authors may be contacted at opticsbook@byu.edu. We enjoy hearing  reports from those using the book and welcome constructive feedback. We occa- sionally revise the text. The title page indicates the date of the last revision.  We would like to thank all those who have helped improve this material. We especiallythankJohnColton, BretHess, andHaroldStokesfortheircarefulreview  and extensive suggestions. This curriculum benefitted from a CCLI grant fromthe National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE- 9952773).iii
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