Concise Optics: Concepts, Examples, and Problems

Ajawad I. Haija, M. Z. Numan, W. Larry Freeman

March 1, 2018 by CRC Press
Textbook - 464 Pages - 220 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138107021 - CAT# K35093
Series: Textbook Series in Physical Sciences

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  • Offers a modern, reader friendly introduction to classical and modern optics.
  • Presents fundamental concepts using problems and solved examples with detailed commentary.
  • Incorporates thought-provoking questions and discussion topics that lead to deeper exploration.
  • Explains how to analyze basic optical systems, including more sophisticated techniques for advanced optical systems.
  • Discusses modern, timely research topics such as thin films, multilayer structures, and superlattices.


This introductory text is a reader friendly treatment of geometrical and physical optics emphasizing problems and solved examples with detailed analysis and helpful commentary. The authors are seasoned educators with decades of experience teaching optics. Their approach is to gradually present mathematics explaining the physical concepts. It covers ray tracing to the wave nature of light, and introduces Maxwell’s equations in an organic fashion. The text then moves on to explains how to analyze simple optical systems such as spectacles for improving vision, microscopes, and telescopes, while also being exposed to contemporary research topics.

Ajawad I. Haija is a professor of physics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

M. Z. Numan is professor and chair of the department of physics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

W. Larry Freeman is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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