Book Reviews

Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics, 2nd Edition

Frank Träger, ed.

Springer, 2012; $339.00 (hardcover).


I recommend this modern, comprehensive handbook to students, educators, engineers and scientists. The chapters are clearly written and include sophisticated illustrations that augment the text. The tables of data are also exemplary. The authors strike a good balance between the theory and implementation. The reader will appreciate the explanations of both the detailed mathematics and the physical aspects of the concepts. Each chapter contains pertinent references and an index. The topics covered are impressive in scope, although a future edition should include a chapter on biomedical optics and their applications. The fields of optical low-coherence tomography and photoacoustic tomography are also not adequately presented. It is uncertain if the chapters received sufficient peer review prior to publication. To check the index, which was perhaps computer generated, I searched for the terms Bessel beams and the Kramers-Kronig relations. I could not locate the term Bessel beams, and the Kramers-Kronig relations were not written in their mathematical form.
 

Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE. He is with the department of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
 
The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or OSA.


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