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Optoelectronics Circuits Manual, 2nd Edition by R MARSTON

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9

Light, mirrors, prisms and lenses

So far, this book has dealt mainly with the electronics side of optoelectronics and has made very little mention of the purely optical (‘opto’) aspects of the subject. This chapter aims to help remedy this situation by giving fairly concise descriptions of vital optoelectronics-related subjects such as the nature, behaviour, and applications of light, mirrors, prisms and lenses. Chapter 10 continues this theme by describing the basic principles of fibre optics and of lasers.

Light

Light is a form of energy and is transported by electromagnetic radiation. It has an apparent dualistic nature that enables it to be regarded as both a wave phenomenon and as a flux-like flow of sub-atomic particles known as photons ...

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