Laboratory Optics: A practical guide to working in an optics lab

Peter Beyersdorf
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A multimedia interactive guide to developing practical skills for optics research.  Use as a class lab manual, an instructional tool or as an indispensable reference.

In concise, high-def videos, various skills and techniques are demonstrated and explained.  These cover topics for the novice, such as mounting and cleaning of optics, as well as for the more advanced learner, such as balanced detection, and lock-in amplifiers.

Various interactive widgets let you simulate the experience of aligning a laser beam to an optical system, aligning an interferometer to get fringes, or adjust a Fabry-Perot cavity while observing the mode spectrum.  Other tools help you quickly find the Gaussian beam parameters of your laser from measured beam radii, and to calculate the position of a lens or pair of lenses to mode match a laser to a cavity.   

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Dr. Beyersdorf is an associate professor of physics at San Jose state University.   He draws on years of experience in research and teaching of experimental optics to provide practical tutorials on some of the most common (and often misunderstood) tasks involved in typical optics experiments.
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Peter Beyersdorf
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Jul 4, 2014
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Science / Physics / Optics & Light
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