Physical Optics

Concepts, Optical Elements, and Techniques

  • Giovanni Giusfredi

Part of the UNITEXT for Physics book series (UNITEXTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Electromagnetism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-21
    2. Giovanni Giusfredi
      Pages 23-124
  3. Geometrical Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-157
    2. Giovanni Giusfredi
      Pages 159-309
  4. Physical Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-360
    2. Giovanni Giusfredi
      Pages 363-459
    3. Giovanni Giusfredi
      Pages 461-516
  5. Fourier’s Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 517-528
    2. Giovanni Giusfredi
      Pages 531-665
  6. Propagation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 667-683
    2. Giovanni Giusfredi
      Pages 685-749
    3. Giovanni Giusfredi
      Pages 751-901
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 903-935

About this book


This textbook provides a sound foundation in physical optics by covering key concepts in a rigorous but accessible manner. Propagation of electromagnetic waves is examined from multiple perspectives, with explanation of which viewpoints and methods are best suited to different situations. After an introduction to the theory of electromagnetism, reflection, refraction, and dispersion, topics such as geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, coherence, laser beams, polarization, crystallography, and anisotropy are closely examined. Optical elements, including lenses, mirrors, prisms, classical and Fabry-Perot interferometers, resonant cavities, multilayer dielectric structures, interference and spatial filters, diffraction gratings, polarizers, and birefringent plates, are treated in depth. The coverage also encompasses such seldom-covered topics as modeling of general astigmatism via 4x4 matrices, FFT-based numerical methods, and bianisotropy, with a relativistic treatment of optical activity and the Faraday and Fresnel-Fizeau effects. Finally, the history of optics is discussed.


Physical Optics graduate textbook Historical notes on electromagnetism Historical notes from Empedoklēs to Huygens Propagation properties in geometrical optics Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction Jones calculus Historical notes from Fourier to Fizeau Fabry-Perot Kirchhoff integral FFT optical transfer function ABCD law Lyot filter

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Giusfredi
    • 1
  1. 1.European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS)Istituto Nazionale di Ottica—Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (INO-CNR)Sesto FiorentinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25278-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25279-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7882
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7890
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