Stephen G Lipson, is an emeritus professor of physics and electro-optics at Technion and Ort Braude College. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has been at Technion since 1966. He is a co-author of the textbook Optical Physics (Cambridge University Press, 4th edition 2011), together with his son Ariel Lipson and father Henry Lipson, and An Introduction to Optical Stellar Interferometry (C.U.P. 2006), together with Peter Nisenson and Antoine Labeyrie.
This highly recommended book masterfully fills a significant lacuna
in optics education with an innovative approach. The author,
following five decades of teaching optics, provides an expert guide
for student pairs to assemble commonly available optical components
(not from commercial kits), and to achieve their alignment, data
acquisition, analysis and interpretation.
The extensive scope includes geometrical optics, physical optics, optics of materials, atmospheric optics, relativistic optics and quantum optics. The author provides a comprehensive set of suggestions, pitfalls, line drawings and images of typical assemblies of optical components for each chapter. For each experiment he presents the key elements of the theory, a clear definition of the technical terms, the underlying mathematical description of the phenomena, real images of the phenomena, and graphs of the key parameters. The color figures of the instruments and light ray paths are invaluable.
The level of the experiments augments the 4th edition of Optical Physics. Selected references augment the chapters.
Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA, and SPIE. 2021 Optics & Photonics News The Optical Society (USA)
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