Dedicated course on optics during my physics major

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I've been planning out my future coursework and it seems unlikely that I'll be able to take a dedicated course on optics during my physics major.

Therefore, I'm hoping for some suggestions about Optics textbooks that would make a good reference for self-study during the summer. I'm a junior and have already taken the "core courses" (classical mechanics, QM, E&M) in the major, but I've found my understanding of optics is quite limited during my lab work.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hecht
 
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If you are buying save some money and get one of the older editions. Nothing has changed except it's 50% in pages with unecessary extra pictures.

For practical optics (optical instrumentation), pretty much anything by Warren J Smith.
 
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Hecht wrote the Schaum's...it parallels Hecht and Zajak and is a lot cheaper.
 
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I guess you don't need any more replies but just in case you need further backing up: Hecht.

BTW, I feel your pain; my undergrad class in optics only covered geometrical optics. Sigh...
 
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I hated Hecht with passion.
 

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