© 1982

Modular Optical Design


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 1-14
  3. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 15-32
  4. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 33-44
  5. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 45-62
  6. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 63-84
  7. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 85-111
  8. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 112-146
  9. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 147-183
  10. Orestes N. Stavroudis
    Pages 184-188
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 189-202

About this book


Images are ubiquitous. Their formation is one of natures universalities. Water droplets in suspension act in concert to produce rainbows. A partially filled wine glass can be made to form the image of a chandelier at aboring dinner party. The bottom of a water glass, too, can be made to produce an optical image, wildly distorted perhaps, but nevertheless recognizable as an optical image. Primitive folklore abounds with images. Perseus used his highly polished shield as a rear view mirror to lop off Medusa's head without turning hirnself into stone. Narcissus, displaying incrediblY poor taste, fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, causing poor Echo to pine away to a me re echo and providing yet another term for the psychoanalytic lexicon. Strepsiades, according to Aristophanes, proposed using a "burning stone" to melt a summons off the bailiff's wax tablet. And the castaways in Jules Vernes' MYsterious Is~nd made a burning glass by freezing water in a watch crystal. Everyone from the Baron Münchhausen to Tom Swift has gotten into the optics act with incredible but eminently useful optical devices. Indeed, Mother Nature herself has had a hand in evolving image-making de­ vices. Any reasonably symmetrie glob of transparent material, such as an ag­ gregate of cells, is capable of forming an image. It is not difficult to imag­ ine the specialization of such an aggregate into a blastula-like structure with an anterior window and light sensitive neurons at its posterior region.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Optical Sciences CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Modular Optical Design
  • Authors O.N. Stavroudis
  • Series Title Springer Series in Optical Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-10912-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-14473-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-38801-2
  • Series ISSN 0342-4111
  • Series E-ISSN 1556-1534
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 202
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Optics, Lasers, Photonics, Optical Devices
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