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OPTICS,Third Edition

AJOY GHATAK, Emeritus Professor,Department of Physics,IIT,Delhi

ISBN: 0070585830
Copyright year: 2005

“…Light is more than watts and foot-candles. Light is metaphor. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light.”

- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, 1993

The world of Optics is changing at the speed of light with the latest advancements in Photonics and related fields. Subsequently, the knowledge of optics and photonics has become so important that an undergraduate course on optics and photonics has become essential not only for students of physics but of engineering as well. This signals the need for strengthening its fundamentals through a textbook on Optics.

Optics walks a tightrope between the mathematics and concepts. The demand of mathematics involved in the textbook, as it is of most concern, is just at the right level for most undergraduates. In addition, many examples of detailed, almost step-by-step derivation make this textbook ideal for self-studying.

The content-organization of the book, Ghatak: Optics, reflects the historical developments in the field of Optics and Photonics. It covers virtually all the topics in Optics, from Geometrical Optics, Wave Optics, and Photonics to Speckle Metrology.

This Online Learning Center is designed to enhance your learning experience. It provides a broad array of resources that will benefit both the instructors and students. Visit the Information Center to unravel the book's features.

The Student’s Center contains sample sections from the book across the various areas of Optics. This will give you the flavor of the published book.

The Instructor’s Center provides instructors with Chapter-wise PowerPoint slides and the Solutions Manual.

This part of the site is password protected and will be available only to the instructors who adopt the book. If you are an adopter and require a password, contact your Tata McGraw-Hill representative or send a request from this Web site.

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“…Accordingly need has arisen for suitable new textbooks on optics. Ajoy Ghatak’s OPTICS is an admirable effort in this direction…The treatment throughout the book is both thorough and authoritative…”

– G.C. Trigunayat, Journal of Physics Education.

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