Expand your knowledge of optical engineering fundamentals by taking the SPIE course Basic Optics for Non-Optics Personnel, with instructor Kevin Harding. Click here to register.
This classic Tutorial Text provides a basic understanding of many fundamental optical principles. The Second Edition has been updated to reflect the development of electronic sensors, as well as the advent of mainstream consumer optical products. Chapters also emphasize the application of state-of-the-art computer software to generate solutions to related lens design and optimization problems. This is an ideal textbook for introductory courses at advanced high school and college levels. For those who proceed to work in the field of optical engineering, this book will provide a convenient source of valuable, basic reference material.
This tutorial explains the human eye, its function, and performance limits from the perspective of an experienced optical engineer and lens designer. It is concise and readable, with examples and data, and is intended for students, practicing engineers, and technology users.
From an August 2013 review by Jani Achrén, Founder and Owner of Incident Angle Co., Ltd., Finland:
"Optical Design for Visual Systems contains very little heavy mathematics, making it very fast to read. The text contains lots of data and examples. Although being a relatively short book, after reading it I found myself returning to the book many times to verify my interpretations of it or to compare performances. The text leaves many questions that are excellent pointers for broadening one's knowledge on visual design from other resources. The practice of including a review and summary for each chapter is just a superb idea! The lazy guy in me would have liked to see more references, though having the existing ones listed in order of relevance was another suberb idea! This book is marvelously organized.
Basically, the contents cover the human eye, with details on parameters that have an impact on visual design, and several prescriptions on visual systems and their performance limits. The chapter on the eye is definitely the winner of the book, as school biology rarely explains the optically relevant issues concerning the human eye. The text is very detailed in its explanation on how the eye affects the evaluation of the visual system."
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SC1038: Optical Engineering Fundamentals
This course will deal with the subject of optical engineering and it will illustrate many of the subjects that will be encountered while working in that field. Calling on the instructor's many years of working in this field, first as an optical engineer, then a lens designer and optical engineering manager, and now an independent consultant, this course will allow the attendee to better understand the many phases and aspects of optical engineering. General topics such as the history of optical engineering and the presence of optical phenomenon in our everyday lives, will be presented, along with more specific discussions dealing with the basic characteristics and the design of optical components and systems. All information will be presented in a conversational format, with no requirement for dealing with the complex theories and mathematics that are often encountered. The course will provide a bridge of understanding, one that will carry the student from a basic starting point to that next level of learning that is typically presented in such classic text books as Warren Smith's <i>Modern Optical Engineering</i>.