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LIGHT: Introduction to Optics and Photonics, Second Edition

Authors: Judith F. Donnelly, Dr. Nicholas Massa
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An optics and photonics textbook

Offering a comprehensive treatment of the subject as well as key applications, and employing minimal math, LIGHT: Introduction to Optics and Photonics was written with readers in mind. This textbook is for beginning students of optics and photonics in high school, community college, and university STEM courses as well as for teachers and non-optics industry professionals looking for a basic understanding of the subject.

Photonics Media Press presents the recently updated second edition of this entry-level textbook, written by educators and industry experts. Key topics include light, diffraction, refraction, polarization, optics, photonics, lasers and laser applications, laser safety, and fiber optics.

Arranged in a logical sequence for a one- or two-semester course, the text begins with an overview of laser safety, followed by chapters on the physics of light production, geometric and wave optics, and laser physics. The remaining chapters cover laser types and applications, fiber optics, imaging, holography, the manufacture of precision optics, and biophotonics. Every topic is clearly illustrated with photographs and drawings. End-of-chapter problems are included, and a solutions manual is available to educators from the authors.

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  • Pages: 360
  • Format: Softcover, Hardcover, PDF Download
  • Width: 8.5 in.
  • Height: 11 in.
  • Shipping & Handling: Softcover usually ships in 7 to 10 business days. Hardcover may take longer. Free shipping in the US and Canada. All other countries add $15.
  • ISBN: Softcover, 978-0-9988539-4-9; Hardcover, 978-0-9988539-3-2
  • Digital Download Terms: For your convenience, Photonics Media is providing the PDF version of this book without Digital Rights Management (DRM) software applied, which allows you to access the PDF on any device you own for your personal, noncommercial use. Posting the PDF publicly or transmitting it to others is strictly prohibited.

About the Authors
Judith F. Donnelly is Professor Emerita from Three Rivers Community College, in Norwich, Conn.,... more about Judith F. Donnelly

Dr. Nicholas Massa is the chairman of the Optics and Photonics Technology Department at Springfield... more about Dr. Nicholas Massa

Praise for LIGHT: Introduction to Optics and Photonics

“In the quest for good, well-written, and multi-topical Optics/Photonics books that will reach a wide variety of learners, teachers in high schools and community college settings usually come up empty handed. The authors of this text have done a fine job, production-wise, technically, and pedagogically, of reaching many learning levels... not at all a trivial task. Within the range of mathematically fitting and technically correct material for the intended learners, they have presented a broad scope of sometimes-difficult subject matter in an engaging and interesting format.”

Dr. James Masi
Professor Emeritus
Western New England University

“Donnelly and Massa’s LIGHT textbook has been an exceptional resource for introducing Optics and Photonics to our freshmen intro course in Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman. I have particularly enjoyed the Photonics Applications chapters, and have myself learned a few things from them when I was first teaching the class. I feel that the combination of historical background, physics concepts and the current technical information presents a blend unmatched by other texts. Additionally, the level of this book is just right to reach and engage the underclassmen undergraduate students, but also challenge them adequately and make them excited to further explore where optics and photonics could take them.”

Kosta Popovic
Dept. of Physics and Optical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology