Some of the topics that we will cover are still areas of active research and are not yet treated in textbooks. Consequently, a combination of class notes and lecture slides will be provided on each topic. However, several of the basic concepts are covered in the following textbooks:
Goodman, Joseph W. Introduction to Fourier Optics. 3rd ed. Englewood, CO: Roberts and Co., 2005. ISBN: 0974707724.
Yariv, Amnon. Optical Electronics in Modern Communications. 5th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 0195106261.
Saleh, B., and M. Teich. Fundamentals of Photonics. New York, NY: Wiley, 1991. ISBN: 0471839655.
Hecht, E. Optics. 4th ed. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley, 2002. ISBN: 0805385665.
Born, M., and E. Wolf. Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light. 5th ed. New York, NY: Pergamon Press, 1975. ISBN: 0080180183
———. Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light. 6th ed. New York, NY: Pergamon Press, 1980. ISBN: 0080264816.
———. Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light. 7th ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN: 0521639212.
Jenkins, F. A., and H. E. White. Fundamentals of Optics. 4th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 1976. ISBN: 0070323305.
We strongly recommend you purchase the book by Hecht. Purchase of the other textbooks is not essential. They are intended for use as reference material. Please note that Hecht is a required book for 8.03, and Saleh is recommended for 6.631.
Portions of the material we will cover can also be found scattered throughout a number of journals and conference proceedings that include:
Occasionally, the student will be expected to read and apply material covered in articles selected from these journals.