Publisher description for Introduction to statistical optics / Edward L. O'Neill.


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". . . develops its theme logically and is remarkable in its economy of presentation without omission of the physical picture of practical implications."—Physics Today
"This is an excellent book; well-organized, and well-written."—Journal of the Optical Society of America
Designed for a senior- or graduate-level course, this text offers an authoritative introduction to classical statistical optics. Chapters 1 and 2 present detailed descriptions of the role of Green’s function in mathematical physics and the essential differences between spatial and time filters. Chapter 3 contains a brief review of the fundamental relations of paraxial optics, using compact and efficient matrix notation for the translation and refraction operations. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 describe the effects of various aberration terms on image formation from the standpoints of physical and geometrical optics. The final three chapters explore statistical methods, matrix and coherence theory, and the theory of partial polarization.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Optics -- Statistical methods.
Mathematical statistics.