Book Reviews

  • Modern Optics, 2nd Ed.

    B.D. Guenther | 10 March 2016 | Review by Albert C. Claus

    This huge new edition of an optics textbook may be used for an undergraduate or graduate physics optics course. The book is arranged so that choosing and omitting topics can be done very easily. read more  

  • Modern Diagnostic X-Ray Sources: Technology, Manufacturing, Reliability

    Rolf Behling | 03 March 2016 | Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig

    The author has produced a unique reference about medical X-ray imaging technologies. Designers and technologists who are actively involved in designing the forthcoming generations of medical X-ray systems could benefit from this book. read more  

  • Optical Multi-Bound Solitons

    Le Nguyen Binh | 26 February 2016 | Review by Christian Brosseau

    The author gives a very clear and useful description of nonlinear systems in terms of their fundamental principles, associated phenomena and signal processing applications for communications and laser systems. read more  

  • Introduction to Nonimaging Optics, 2nd Ed.

    Julio Chaves | 19 February 2016 | Review by Christian Brosseau

    The second edition of this book reflects the significant and recent developments in the field of nonimaging optical devices. read more  

  • Rays, Waves, and Photons: The History of Pure and Applied Optics

    William L. Wolfe | 12 February 2016 | Review by Albert Claus

    The subtitle, “The History of Pure and Applied Optics,” best describes the contents of this book. It is a collection of many individual sketches of optics applications—many of them new or of current interest. read more  

  • Tunable Micro-Optics

    Hans Zappe and Claudia Duppè, eds. | 08 February 2016 | Review by Silvano Donati

    Tunability is probably the most important functionality of micro-optics, and this book presents a survey of the state-of-the-art of this multifaceted technology—a technology rapidly progressing toward mass product applications. read more  

  • Optical Coherence Tomography: Technology and Applications, 2nd Ed.

    Wolfgang Drexler, James G. Fujimoto, eds. | 28 January 2016 | Review by Barry R. Masters

    A highly recommended book that describes the theory, instrumentation and disparate applications of OCT. read more  

  • Terahertz Astronomy

    Christopher K. Walker | 22 January 2016 | Review by Mircea Dragoman

    The book is beautifully illustrated having a long list of references and worked examples at the end of each chapter. I would recommend the book to students and researchers working in THz technologies and astronomy. read more  

  • Practical Optical Interferometry: Imaging at Visible and Infrared Wavelengths

    David F. Buscher | 14 January 2016 | Review by Barry R. Masters

    Practical Optical Interferometry is a rare gem of clear and rigorous explanation of an optical technique to image objects on angular scales several hundreds of times small than is practical with our largest telescopes. read more  

  • Modern Vibrational Spectroscopy and Micro-Spectroscopy: Theory, Instrumentation and Biomedical Applications

    Max Diem | 07 January 2016 | Review by Lisa Tongning Li

    This book unites the theory and background of conventional vibrational spectroscopy with the principles of microspectroscopy. read more