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    Default Fundamentals of Photonics - FREE from SPIE


    As title suggests, SPIE have made available a set of papers entitled 'Fundementals of Photonics' free of charge.

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    Fundamentals of Photonics is designed for first- and second-year college students, but it is also suitable for both traditional and non-traditional students interested in learning the basics. We hope the contents of this book will meet the needs of students of all ages, including life-long learners, who want to develop their interest in the continuously evolving fields of optics and photonics.


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    Here are the descriptions of the articles available...

    Module 1.1
    Nature and Properties of Light
    Linda J. Vandergriff
    Director of Photonics System Engineering
    Science Applications International Corporation
    McLean, Virginia
    The generation, transport, manipulation, detection, and use of light are at the heart of photonics. Photonics is a growing career field with a projected growth rate of 10% to 20% over the next decade. Photonics technicians and engineers must master new concepts, learn new techniques, and develop new skills derived from a highly developed understanding of the nature of light and its properties.

    Module 1.2
    Light Sources and Laser Safety
    Fred Seeper
    Camden County College
    Blackwood, New Jersey
    This module addresses various non-laser light sources, such as incandescent lamps, fluorescent discharge lamps, high-intensity discharge lamps, flashlamps, arc lamps, and LEDs. It also discusses laser safety in detail, including the human eye, laser hazards, laser safety controls, maximum permissible exposure, laser safety glasses, and laser accidents. The laboratory experience at the end of the module will enhance the learner's ability to understand the dangers associated with lasers, with small and large beam diameters, and with constant power levels.

    Module 1.3
    Basic Geometrical Optics
    Leno S. Pedrotti
    Waco, Texas
    This module covers the first of two main divisions of basic optics-geometrical (ray) optics. Module 1.4 covers physical (wave) optics. Geometrical optics will help you understand the basics of light reflection and refraction and the use of simple optical elements, such as mirrors, prisms, lenses, and fibers. Physical optics will help you understand the phenomena of light wave interference, diffraction, and polarization; the use of thin-film coatings on mirrors to enhance or suppress reflection; and the operation of such devices as gratings and quarter-wave plates.

    Module 1.4
    Basic Physical Optics
    Leno S. Pedrotti
    Waco, Texas
    In this module, we concentrate on light waves and away from light rays, as covered in Module 1.3. In so doing, we move from a concern over the propagation of light energy along straight-line segments to one that includes the spreading of light energy-a fundamental behavior of all wave motion. With wave optics-commonly referred to as physical optics-we are able to account for important phenomena, such as interference, diffraction, and polarization. The study of these phenomena lays the foundation for an understanding of such devices and concepts as holograms, interferometers, thin-film interference, coatings for antireflection (AR) and high reflection (HR), gratings, polarizers, quarter-wave plates, and laser beam divergence in the near and far field.

    Module 1.5
    William T. Silfvast
    School of Optics/CREOL
    University of Central Florida
    Orlando, Florida
    This module is an in-depth explanation of lasers as they apply to the larger field of optics and photonics. Anyone going through this module should have already completed Modules 1.1-1.4 and have a good working knowledge of algebra, exponents, and logarithms. Lasers are devices that amplify or increase the intensity of light to produce a highly directional, high-intensity beam that typically has a very pure frequency or wavelength. They come in sizes ranging from approximately one-tenth the diameter of a human hair to that of a very large building. Lasers produce powers ranging from nanowatts to a billion trillion watts for very short bursts. They produce wavelengths or frequencies ranging from the microwave region and infrared to the visible, ultraviolet, vacuum ultraviolet, and into the soft-X-ray spectral regions. They generate the shortest bursts of light that man has yet produced, or approximately five million-billionths of a second. They are clearly devices of tremendous power with myriad applications.

    Module 1.6
    Optical Detectors and Human Vision
    Jack Ready
    Consultant, formerly with Honeywell Technology Center
    Edina, Minnesota
    In this module, we describe some common optical detectors and their important characteristics. We do not cover the entire field of light detection, which is very broad. Instead, we emphasize those detectors that are most commonly encountered in photonics applications. The two main types of optical detectors are photon detectors and thermal detectors. Photon detectors produce one electron for each incoming photon of optical energy. The electron is then detected by the electronic circuitry. Thermal detectors convert the optical energy to heat energy, which then generates an electrical signal. Our coverage focuses on these two main types of detectors.

    Module 1.7
    Optical Waveguides and Fibers
    Ajoy Ghatak and K. Thyagarajan
    Department of Physics
    Indian Institute of Technology
    New Delhi, India
    This module is an introduction to the basics of fiber optics, discussing especially the characteristics of optical fibers with regards to the fabrication of low-loss optical fibers and the room-temperature operation of semiconductor lasers in 1970. Within a brief span of 30 years, we are now in the fifth generation of optical fiber communication systems. Recent developments in optical amplifiers and wavelength division multiplexing (WDN) are taking us to a communication system with almost "zero" loss and "infinite" bandwidth. Optical fiber communication systems are now fulfilling the increased demand on communication links, especially with the proliferation of the Internet. This module tracks the evolution of these systems that are now so critical to our daily lives.

    Module 1.8
    Fiber Optic Telecommunication
    Nick Massa
    Springfield Technical Community College
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    Fiber optics is a major building block in the telecommunication infrastructure. Its high bandwidth capabilities and low attenuation characteristics make it ideal for gigabit transmission and beyond. In this module, you will be introduced to the building blocks that make up a fiber-optic communication system. You will learn about the different types of fibers (and their applications), light sources and detectors, couplers, splitters, wavelength-division multiplexers, and the state-of-the-art devices used in the latest high-bandwidth communication systems. Attention is also given to system performance criteria, such as power and rise-time budgets. Before you work through this module, you should have completed Module 1.7. In addition, you should be able to manipulate and use algebraic formulas, deal with units, and use basic trigonometric functions, such as sine, cosine, and tangent. A basic understanding of wavelength, frequency, and the velocity of light is also assumed.

    Module 1.9
    Photonic Devices for Imaging, Display, and Storage
    Harley R. Myler
    University of Central Florida
    Orlando, Florida
    Electronic and electro-optic devices are frequently used to display images obtained from the computer processing of data. Images, or digital pictures, are generally two-dimensional data structures that convey spatial information to the viewer. Images are collected through various means, from digital cameras to laser radar scanning systems. Once stored in a computer, these images can be manipulated mathematically to accomplish many different objectives. The improvement of images for viewing or analysis and computer interpretation of image content are among those objectives. This module explains the terminology associated with images, how images are acquired and stored, and how images are displayed.

    Module 1.10
    Basic Principles and Applications of Holography
    Tung H. Jeong
    Lake Forest College
    Lake Forest, Illinois
    Holography is a much broader field than most people have perceived. Recording and displaying truly three-dimensional images are only small parts of it. Holographic optical elements (HOE) can perform the functions of mirrors, lenses, gratings, or combinations of them, and they are used in myriad technical devices. Holographic interferometry measures microscopic displacement on the surface of an object and small changes in the index of refraction of transparent objects like plasma and heat waves. Future photonic devices, such as electro-optical chips, will undoubtedly incorporate micro-lasers and HOEs for optical computations, free-space interconnects, and massive analog and digital memory systems. You will need to have studied Modules 1.1-1.4. In this module, a physical model will be developed so that every major feature of basic holography can be explained through visualization and without the use of mathematics. Basic trigonometry will be helpful, but not required, for quantitative understanding.
    Quote: "There is a theory which states that if ever, for any reason, anyone discovers what exactly the Universe is for and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another that states that this has already happened.... Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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    Cheers Jem. Will have a read through

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    Thanks for sharing your find Jem

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    module 1-3 will "haunt" me for days!!!
    "its called character briggs..."

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    Default Thanx Jem

    Nice info. I too am enjoying these readings. Got some homework here Jem.
    Wiki:The first visible wavelength laser diode was demonstrated by Nick Holonyak, Jr. in 1962.

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