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Workbook and lab manual Contents                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                      

Preface and Acknowledgments :                                                 

  1. Introduction

  2. Laser Safety Basics
Radiation Damage to the Eye 2.3
Some Guidelines for Laser Safety 2.3


  3. The Electric Dance: Oscillating Electric Fields

  4. The Complex Amplitude: Making Calculations Easier

  5. Electromagnetic Waves in Space: Some Radiation Physics
experiment 5.1: Intensity of a Light Bulb 5.8

  6. Polarization
experiment 6.1: The Law of Malus 6.4
experiment 6.2: Quarter and Half Wave Plates 6.5
circular and elliptic polarization 6.6

  7.Thin Films
Experiment 7.1: Reflection From A Soap Film 7.3
The appearance of interference fringes from thin films 7.4

  8. The Beam Splitter

9. The Beam Splitter as the Critical Element of an Interferometer

  10. Spectra
experiment 10.1: Grating spectroscope 10.2
experiment 10.2: Prism spectrometer 10.3
experiment 10.3: PC spectrometer 10.5
Spectral lines 10.6

  11. Fluorescence
experiment 11.1: Fluorescent light 11.1
fluorescence and luminescence 11.2

  12. Waves and Shadows
experiment 12.1: Fraunhofer diffraction from a narrow slit 12.3

  13. Interference by Wavefront Division
experiment 13.1: Interference from two thin slits 13.2
Intensity distribution in two-slit interference 13.4
Diffraction in two-slit interference 13.4
Fringe visibility 13.6


  14. Lasers

  15. The Michelson Interferometer
experiment 15.1: Assembling a Michelson interferometer 15.3
experiment 15.2: Measuring the wavelength of a laser beam
with a Michelson interferometer 15.4
spectroscopy and fringe visibility 15.5
experiment 15.3: Wavelength differences measured
from fringe visibility 15.6

  16. The quantitative theory of diffraction
diffraction by a single slit 16.1
diffraction by a circular aperture 16.6
Rayleigh's criterion 16.10

  17. The Fabry-Perot Interferometer: Making Use of Optical Cavities
experiment 17.1: Finding the wavelength of a laser with
a Fabry-Perot interferometer 17.5

  18. Phase Masks and Holography
experiment 18.1: Reflection Holography 18.4

19. Optical Gratings
experiment 19.1: Transmission Gratings 19.4
blazed transmission gratings 19.6

  Appendix A: Trig and other math identities

  Appendix B: Review of Complex Numbers

  Bibliography
 

 

 

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