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Eugene Hecht
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November 1, 1974 0070277303 978-0070277304 1

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About the Author

Eugene Hecht is a member of the Physics Department of Adelphi Unversity in New York. He has authored eight books.

Product Details

  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070277303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070277304
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 27, 2000
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Hecht is one of the premier instructors and authors on the subject of optics and his contribution to Schaum's is no exception! I used this book to teach myself the fundamental's of optics while working in an applied physics laboratory. Very clearly presented material
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great supplement for exam prep May 6, 2007
I used this book as a supplement for a course in Physical Optics, mainly to get practice in solving problems. I found the chapters on Polarization and Diffraction very useful. This book helped me get a better grade in this course. This book does not cover the topics like Jones and Coherence Matrix and Stokes vector. However these topics are covered well in the same author's Optics text. BTW, The Optics text is also very good. Solving problems in this book and then approaching the text gives a much better understanding of Optics. This book does not cover Poincare' sphere, which is also an important topic for which we cant find material anywhere except our Professor's lecture notes. Overall, this book is a must if you are taking any Optics course or the GRE physics text or if you just want to master the basics of Optics.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear concise outline of optics December 30, 2005
This Schaum's outline is better than the expensive textbook by the same author on the same subject in many ways, and in my opinion stands alone as a guide on optics. It gets to the meat of optics via solving problems that range from simple to difficult, which is particularly attractive to engineers learning or reviewing this subject. To me, the only chapters that seemed a bit confusing were the first two on wave motion and on electromagnetic waves and photons. For that material you may need to consult another source. From that point onward, however, the outline couldn't be any better. The outline even has a chapter that introduces Fourier optics. This outline would make an excellent review or supplement for someone taking a course in Photonics that uses Saleh's "Fundamentals of Photonics". That textbook has virtually no solved problems in it whatsoever, and the first third of the book follows the material covered in this outline nicely.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for self-study April 29, 2012
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I bought Theory and Problems of Optics to familiarize myself with beginning optics and Fourier series. I rate it high because all the problems are solved, which makes it much easier to figure out things that one doesn't understand at first. (My hobby horse --- I don't understand why mathematicians think one can't learn unless the answers are withheld.) I agree with the reviewer who found the first two chapters confusing. I think this is partly because the notation is introduced haphazardly and not well explained. I would have found a list such as the following to be helpful. Small initial letters in Greek letter names indicate lower case Greek letters. Upsilon and phi are the curly forms.

k is the propagation number, 2Pi/lambda.
lambda is the wave length or spatial period.
tau is the temporal period, lambda / v or 1/upsilon.
upsilon is the frequency, number of waves per unit time, usually Hz.
omega is the angular frequency, 2Pi/tau, radians per sec.
v (easily confused with upsilon) is the speed of propagation or phase velocity.
phi is the phase, argument of the sine function;
phi = kx -/+ omega t
t is time
epsilon is initial phase;
phi = kx -/+ omega t + epsilon

Confusion may also arise from the fact that the functions in the first two chapters contain variables for both space (x) and time (t). More explanation of why might have helped, but one can plot the functions on these variables to determine their meaning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As expected December 25, 2012
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In short: as one would expect from Schaum. In some details: optics well separated in chapters, chapters well covered with examples and excercises of different difficultiness. Excellent introductory handbook for optics.
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