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Optics f2f: From Fourier to Fresnel

Charles S. Adams and Ifan G. Hughes


This book is primarily intended to be used in optics teaching from undergraduate to graduate level. It is assumed that an elementary course on optics has previously been studied, but all the key concepts of wave optics and light propagation are introduced where needed, and illustrated graphically. A recurring theme is that simple building blocks such as plane and spherical waves can be summed to construct useful solutions. Fourier methods and the angular-spectrum approach are used extensively, especially to provide a unified approach to Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Particular attention ... More

Keywords: Wave optics, Fresnel diffraction, Fraunhofer diffraction, Polarization, Interference, Fourier optics, Angular spectrum, Spatial filtering, Gaussian beams, Laser cavities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles S. Adams, author
Professor, Department of Physics, Durham University

Ifan G. Hughes, author
Professor, Department of Physics, Durham University