Patterns of Light: Chasing the Spectrum from Aristotle to LEDs

Hardcover | January 3, 2008

bySteven Beeson, James W. Mayer

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Any student or engineer working in optics or the field of laser technology will find this a fascinating read. The book begins by addressing the properties of light as seen in the everyday world: events such as refraction in a pool, lenses in the form of glasses, the colors of objects, and atmospheric events. Latter chapters explain these events at the atomic and subatomic level and address the use of electron and optical microscopy in observing the worlds unseen by the unaided eye. Exercises and activities will be found in an appendix, but the primary volume can stand alone if the reader so desires.

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Any student or engineer working in optics or the field of laser technology will find this a fascinating read. The book begins by addressing the properties of light as seen in the everyday world: events such as refraction in a pool, lenses in the form of glasses, the colors of objects, and atmospheric events. Latter chapters explain the...

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Light is all around us - even when we do not see it. Our eyes do not detect the higher energy and shorter-than-visible-wavelength ultraviolet radiation, yet we know it is there from the sunburn we receive in Arizona. We know that window glass can block ultraviolet rays so we do not get a burn while driving with the windows rolled up. O...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:210 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:January 3, 2008Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387751068

ISBN - 13:9780387751061

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- The Path of Light: Light beams, Light paths, Pinholes.- Reflection of Light: Mirrors, Daguerreotypes, Equal angles, Windows.- Refraction of Light: Speed of light, Waves, Refractive Index, Total internal reflection, Mirages.- Lenses: Focal length, Magnification, Photography, Fresnel lenses.- Color: Color and Light, The Eye and Color Sensation, Sources of Light, Composition of Light.- Rainbows: Your own rainbow, Secondary rainbows, Light inside, Double rainbows.- Blue skies and White clouds: Scattering, Rock candy/glass, Salt/sugar/foam, Water/ice.- Interference & Color: Soap bubbles, Oil/gas on water, Feathers.- Polarized light: Sunglasses, Blue sky.- The photon: a. Photoelectric effect, Solar panels, CCDs, LEDs.- Optical Spectroscopy: a. Light and electrons, Optical light emission, Prisms/gratings, Neon lights.- Electrons in atoms: Photons and electrons, X-rays, Optical absorption.- IR-UV-X-rays: Paintings in IR/UV/X-ray, Scorpions in UV, Suntans, Teeth in X-ray.- Optical and electron microscopy: Depth of focus, Images of Nature, Simple microscopes, Compound microscopes, SEM.- Mars.

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From the reviews:"In this work, which developed out of a general studies course at the university, Beeson and Mayer (both, Arizona State Univ.) present a descriptive overview of the nature of light and fundamental phenomena associated with its behavior. . The brief, nontechnical chapters are geared to the nonscientist and emphasize phenomena. The book includes excellent illustrations (with some color photos) and a glossary of terms. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (O. Eknoyan, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), 2008)