LIGHT: Introduction to Optics and Photonics, Second Edition
Judith F. Donnelly and Dr. Nicholas Massa
The LIGHT textbook grew out of the PHOTON and PHOTON2 projects: first as notes from professional development workshops, then 8 modules for teaching, and finally a 15 chapter textbook. Published by Photonics Media Press https://store.photonics.com/books/light-introduction-to-optics-photonics, the recently updated second edition was written by educators and industry experts. Key topics include light, diffraction, refraction, polarization, optics, photonics, lasers and laser applications, laser safety, and fiber optics.
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.
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.