Optics: Learning by Computing, with Examples Using Mathcad, Matlab, Mathematica, and Maple 

Optics: Learning by Computing, with Examples Using Mathcad, Matlab, Mathematica, and Maple

Book Description

This book is intended for a one-semester course in optics for juniors and seniors in science and engineering; it uses Mathcad(R) scripts to provide a simulated laboratory where students can learn by exploration and discovery instead of passive absorption.

The text covers all the standard topics of a traditional optics course, including geometrical optics and aberration, interference and diffraction, coherence, Maxwell’s equations, waveguides and propagating modes, blackbody radiation, atomic emission and lasers, optical properties of materials, Fourier transforms and FT spectroscopy, image formation, and holography. It contains step-by-step derivations of all basic geometrical, wave, and Fourier optics formulas.

The basic text is supplemented by over 170 Mathcad files, each suggesting programs to solve a particular problem and linked to a topic or application of optics. The computer files are dynamic, allowing the reader to instantly see the effects of changing parameters in the equations. Students are thus encouraged to ask “what if” questions to asses the physical implications of the formulas.

The book is written to study particular projects but can easily be adapted to various related studies. The three-fold arrangement of text, applications, and files makes the book suitable for “self-learning” by scientists or engineers who want to refresh their optics knowledge. All files are printed out, available on a CD, and may serve as starting points to find solutions to more complex problems experienced by engineers in their applications.

The Mathcad(r) scripts on the CD are provided in both Mathcad(r) 7 and Mathcad(r) 2000, as well as PDF files.

  • It enables students to practice their skills using a MATLAB environment.

Optics: Learning by Computing, with Examples Using Mathcad, Matlab, Mathematica, and Maple PDF

Author(s): Karl Dieter Moeller

Publisher: Springer, Year: 2002

ISBN: 9780387953601


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