The Story of Light Science

From Early Theories to Today's Extraordinary Applications

Authors: Vanderwerf, Dennis F.

  • An accessible introduction to our evolving understanding of light
  • Includes up-to-the minute information about quantum optics, entangled photons and other fascinating phenomena related to light
  • Author shares unique insights from his many years working in optics and light control
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About this Textbook

This book traces the evolution of our understanding and utilization of light from classical antiquity and the early thoughts of Pythagoras to the present time.  

From the earliest recorded theories and experiments to the latest applications in photonic communication and computation, the ways in which light has been put to use are numerous and astounding.  Indeed, some of the latest advances in light science are in fields  that until recently belonged to the realm of science fiction.

 The author, writing for an audience of both students and other scientifically interested readers, describes fundamental investigations of the nature of light and ongoing methods to measure its speed as well as the emergence of the wave theory of light and the complementary photon theory.  The importance of light in the theory of relativity is discussed as is the development of electrically-driven light sources and lasers. The information here covers the range o

f weak single-photon light sources to super-high power lasers and synchrotron light sources.

 Many cutting-edge topics are also introduced, including entanglement-based quantum communication through optical fibers and free space, quantum teleportation, and quantum computing. The nature and use of "squeezed light" - e.g. for gravitational wave detection - is another fascinating excursion, as is the topic of fabricated metamaterials, as used to create invisibility cloaks. Here the reader also learns about the realization of extremely slow speed and time-reversed light.

The theories, experiments, and applications described in this book are, whenever possible, derived from original references.  The many annotated drawings and level of detail make clear the goals, procedures, and conclusions of the original investigators. Where they are required, all specialist terms and mathematical symbols are defined and explained.

The final part of the book covers light expe

riments in the free space of the cosmos, and also speculates about scenarios for the cosmological origins of light and the expected fate of the photon in a dying universe.

About the authors

Dennis Vanderwerf has over 35 years of aerospace (NASA) and industrial experience (3M Company) in the fields of optics and light control. He has published widely in optics journals, conference proceedings, and trade magazines. He is sole or named inventor on 29 U.S. Patents in the fields of optics and light applications. He is author of the book “Applied Prismatic and Reflective Optics”, published in 2010 by SPIE Press.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Emerging Theories of Light and Measurements of Light Speed

    Vanderwerf, Dennis F.

    Pages 1-12

  • Light as an Electromagnetic Wave

    Vanderwerf, Dennis F.

    Pages 13-21

  • Light and Its Application to Relativity

    Vanderwerf, Dennis F.

    Pages 23-48

  • The Quantum Nature of Light

    Vanderwerf, Dennis F.

    Pages 49-58

  • Natural and Artificial Sources of Light

    Vanderwerf, Dennis F.

    Pages 59-73

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-64315-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Story of Light Science
Book Subtitle
From Early Theories to Today's Extraordinary Applications
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64316-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64316-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64315-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 332
Number of Illustrations and Tables
213 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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