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Principles of Adaptive Optics Third Edition

Thin-Film Optical Filters Fourth Edition

Robert Tyson

H. Angus Macleod

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Thin Film Center Inc., Tucson, Arizona, USA

Series in Optics and Optoelectronics

Series in Optics and Optoelectronics

“The third edition continues to set the same standards, but it has been brought right up to date in terms of the available hardware and the growing literature of this rapidly advancing field. … The key areas of the subject are dealt with in comprehensible terms … a standard work for those interested in the field and needing a point of reference. … the book will give [readers] a great deal of help in finding the route through this world of smoke and bendy mirrors.”

“... the fourth edition of the famous textbook written by a world-renowned authority in the field of optical coating. This new edition retains most of the descriptions of older design techniques but also includes a substantial amount of new material. … an excellent treatise of thin film coatings, explaining how to produce all sorts of different filters selected according to the function they are required to play. … an indispensable text for every filter manufacturer and user [and] an excellent guide for students.”

—R.S. Shorter, Contemporary Physics, 52, 2011

“When Bob Tyson’s Principles of Adaptive Optics was first published in 1991, it immediately became the reference text for everyone working in the field. The comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the field, clear explanations, and extensive reference to the original literature ensured its success. This completely revised and updated third edition retains the strengths of the original text. Everyone involved in AO should have a copy on the shelf, and like the original, the extensive list of references (more than 900) provides an excellent pointer to the original literature.” —From the Foreword by Christopher Dainty, National University of Ireland, Galway

This third edition offers a comprehensive guide to the systems, components, and processes of adaptive optics. • Describes many types of optical disturbances and the pros and cons of various adaptive optics system configurations

—Mario Bertolotti, Contemporary Physics, April 2012

Praise for the Third Edition “… essential reading for all those involved in the design, manufacture, and application of optical coatings.” —Materials World, September 2001

“… a must-have addition to the library of any optical thin-film theorist or practitioner.” —Dale E. Morton, Denton Vacuum, LLC, SVC News

“It is obvious from the details of his career that Angus knows more about optical coatings, both in terms of design and of fabrication, than most of us put together. ... in my opinion, this book is a necessity, rather on par with having the use of a coating facility, a good coating program, and a fast computer, for anybody in the field of thin-film optical coatings and filters.” —Roger M. Wood, Elsevier

• Highlights applications in astronomy, communication systems, and medical imaging

This bestselling book explores the properties, production, and performance of optical filters.

• Discusses the emergence of novel components, such as micromachined mirrors

Selected Contents

History and Background. Sources of Aberrations. Adaptive Optics Compensation. Adaptive Optics Systems. Wavefront Sensing. Wavefront Correction. Reconstruction and Controls. Summary of Important Equations. Bibliography. Index.

Introduction. Basic Theory. Theoretical Techniques. Antireflection Coatings. Neutral Mirrors and Beam Splitters. Multilayer High-Reflectance Coatings. Edge Filters. Band-Pass Filters. Tilted Coatings. Color in Optical Coatings. Production Methods and Thin-Film Materials. Factors Affecting Layer and Coating Properties. Layer Uniformity and Thickness Monitoring. Specification of Filters and Environmental Effects. System Considerations: Applications of Filters and Coatings. Other Topics. Characteristics of ThinFilm Dielectric Materials. Bibliography. Index.

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• Details important equations for atmospheric turbulence, optical compensation, and laser guide stars

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