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Introduction to Fourier Optics Hardcover – December 10, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0974707723 ISBN-10: 0974707724 Edition: 3rd Edition

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  • Hardcover: 491 pages
  • Publisher: Roberts and Company Publishers; 3rd Edition edition (December 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974707724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974707723
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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"Goodman's Introduction to Fourier Optics explains scalar wave propagation and transfer functions that are essential for understanding the performance of imaging and other optical systems. It also covers several advanced topics. This is the clearest and best-written textbook I have ever read."
—James R. Fienup, Robert E. Hopkins Professor of Optics, University of Rochester



"Introduction to Fourier Optics provided me with my first introduction to this exciting field more than 30 years ago. Over the years it has continued to serve as a teaching resource, a reference book and a source of insights and inspiration for launching new research directions. Its clarity of presentation has set a gold standard for technical books possibly in all fields."
—Ravi Athale, DARPA



"Joe Goodman's wonderful book on Fourier Optics is like a good wine. It keeps getting better and better."
—Demetri Psaltis, California Institute of Technology

About the Author

Joseph W. Goodman held the William Ayer Chair in Electrical Engineering at Stanford, and also served in several administrative posts, including Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Senior Associate Dean of Engineering for Faculty Affairs. He is now the William Ayer Professor Emeritus. His work has been recognized by a variety of awards and honors, including the F.E. Terman Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Dennis Gabor Award of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Max Born Award, the Esther Beller Hoffman Award, the Ives Medal from the Optical Society of America, and the Education Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served as president of the Optical Society of America and the International Commission for Optics.

 


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Mandatory reading for anyone involved in optics.
R. G. W. Brown
This is an excellent book for self study, and would certainly make a fine text for a senior undergrad course on the subject.
Chasm
Dr. Goodman's writing is excellent, providing heuristic insight into complex concepts using a very readable style.
K. Thiele

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Chasm on August 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For the last month, I have been using this book for self study to aid me in my work with lasers. Originally, I was working from the 1st edition (borrowed from a co-worker), but decided to buy my own copy. I wound up buying the 3rd edition, a significantly expanded version of the original.

Goodman's writing style is conversational and his treatment of the subject is thorough. I appreciate his inclusion of enough optics/E&M background within the text that I am not constantly having to go to my bookshelf to consult other references. Note, the 3rd edition has several helpful appendices not found in the 1st edition.

There are also many instructive problems given throughout the text to help students solidify their understanding of the material.

This is an excellent book for self study, and would certainly make a fine text for a senior undergrad course on the subject. I recommend it highly.

Charlie.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Joseph Goodman has done a stellar job of clearly presenting concepts AND mathematical background. There is an excellent mix of straightforward theory and practical uses of Fourier Optics. The chapter problems are very challenging but insightful. This is the best optics book I have ever read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is cleary written. The basic theory of Fourier transform is included too. Fourier optics is a very strong tool in imaging and optics. I would say Goodman is an enginnering guy, but some physical insight is not very clear. Diffraction theory is easier to understand than J.D. Jackson's E&M. And the whole book is easier to read than Born and Wolf's Principle of Optics and has more details. After all, it is a good book for Fourier opitcs. But the price is too high.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Thiele on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is probably my favorite text book of all time. Dr. Goodman's writing is excellent, providing heuristic insight into complex concepts using a very readable style. He is the Richard Feynman of optics.

And other than chapters specific to polarization, this book is entirely applicable to phased array ultrasound. For anyone whos works or studies in the ultrasound field, this book is a must, especially if you have an interest in acoustic beamforming. All the wave and Fourier concepts that apply to light also apply to ultrasound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vienta on December 19, 2007
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I took a class in Fourier Optics and found this text to be indispensable. It explains everything very clearly and concisely, which is a minor miracle for a text at this level. I didn't have any particular background in optics, and was able to pick this up and understand every word.

I do agree with the earlier poster that more 'physical' or graphical representations of concepts would have been useful as I tend to be a visual learner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulfilas on September 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this book thirty years ago in order to get up to speed on Fresnel diffraction and the Kirchhoff integral as discussed in John Cowley's seminal work "Diffraction Physics". Indeed, this book is recommended by Cowley as a necessary prerequisite. Goodman does a good job laying the groundwork for Fresnal diffraction, complete with a detailed exploration of the boundary conditions. After reading the first several chapters of this book, the reader should be ready to tackle Cowley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Jiang on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I use this book all the time as a reference for Fourier optics. It has useful tables of common Fourier transforms found in optics work and far-field diffraction patterns worked out for popular beam profiles.
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