Since the invention of the laser, our fascination with the photon has led to one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing fields of technology. An explosion of new materials, devices, and applications makes it more important than ever to stay current with the latest advances. Surveying the field from fundamental concepts to state-of-the-art developments, Photonics: Principles and Practices builds a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of photonics from the basics of light waves to fiber optics and lasers.

Providing self-contained coverage and using a consistent approach, the author leads you step-by-step through each topic. Each skillfully crafted chapter first explores the theoretical concepts of each topic and then demonstrates how these principles apply to real-world applications by guiding you through experimental cases illuminated with numerous illustrations. Coverage is divided into six broad sections, systematically working through light, optics, waves and diffraction, optical fibers, fiber optics testing, and laboratory safety. A complete glossary, useful appendices, and a thorough list of references round out the presentation. The text also includes a 16-page insert containing 28 full-color illustrations.

Containing several topics presented for the first time in book form, Photonics: Principles and Practices is simply the most modern, comprehensive, and hands-on text in the field.

section I|132 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

The Nature of Light

chapter 2|10 pages

Light and Shadows

chapter 3|22 pages

Thermal Radiation

chapter 4|19 pages

Light Production

chapter 5|11 pages

Light Intensity

chapter 6|24 pages

Light and Colour

chapter 7|22 pages

Laws of Light

section II|196 pages


chapter 8|18 pages

Plane Mirrors

chapter 9|19 pages

Spherical Mirrors

chapter 10|28 pages


chapter 11|26 pages


chapter 12|16 pages


chapter 13|16 pages

Light Passing through Optical Components

chapter 14|28 pages

Optical Instruments for Viewing Applications

chapter 15|30 pages

Polarization of Light

chapter 16|12 pages

Optical Materials

section III|104 pages

Waves and Diffraction

chapter 17|21 pages


chapter 18|20 pages

Interference and Diffraction

chapter 19|23 pages

The Diffraction Grating

chapter 20|20 pages


chapter 21|15 pages

Spectrometers and Spectroscopes

section IV|382 pages

Optical Fibres

chapter 22|40 pages

Fibre Optic Cables

chapter 23|18 pages

Advanced Fibre Optic Cables

chapter 24|20 pages

Light Attenuation in Optical Components

chapter 25|16 pages

Fibre-Optic Cable Types and Installations

chapter 26|24 pages

Fibre-Optic Connectors

chapter 27|32 pages

Passive Fibre Optic Devices

chapter 28|26 pages

Wavelength Division Multiplexer

chapter 29|11 pages

Optical Amplifiers

chapter 30|22 pages

Optical Receivers

chapter 31|70 pages


chapter 32|42 pages

Optical Switches

chapter 33|43 pages

Optical Fibre Communications

chapter 34|14 pages

Fibre Optic Lighting

section V|26 pages


chapter 35|24 pages

Fibre Optic Testing

section VI|20 pages


chapter 36|17 pages

Photonics Laboratory Safety

section VII|2 pages