Engineering Optics is a book for students who want to apply their knowledge of optics to engineering problems, as well as for engineering students who want to acquire the basic principles of optics. It covers such important topics as optical signal processing, holography, tomography, holographic radars, fiber optical communication, electro- and acousto-optic devices, and integrated optics (including optical bistability). Practical examples, such as the video disk, the Fresnel zone plate, and many more, appear throughout the text, together with numerous solved exercises. There is an entirely new section in this updated edition on 3-D imaging.
The first edition of this textbook was published only last year, and now, the publisher
has decided to issue a paperback edition. This is intended to make the text
more affordable to everyone who would like to broaden their knowledge of modern
problems in optics.
The aim of this book is to provide a basic understanding of the important features
of the various topics treated. A detailed study of all the subjects comprising the field
of engineering optics would fill several volumes. This book could perhaps be likened
to a soup: it is easy to swallow, but sooner or later heartier sustenance is needed. It is
my hope that this book will stimulate your appetite and prepare you for the banquet
that could be yours.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those readers, especially
Mr. Branislav Petrovic, who sent me appreciative letters and helpful comments.
These have encouraged me to introduce a few minor changes and improvements
in this edition.