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Classical Optics Textbook Recommendations

  1. Sep 15, 2015 #1
    I'm taking a junior course on optics. The professor said it would be up to us to find a textbook to use. For this course the prerequisites are E&M (Griffiths level), classical mechanics (Morin level), and multivariable calculus.

    Anyone have recommendations on a textbook for this class?
    Course description:
    "An introduction to physics of light. Topics covered include: electromagnetic waves, propagation of light; the Huygens and Fermat's principles; Geometrical optics and optical instruments; Interference of waves and diffraction; Polarization; Introduction to photons, lasers and optical fibers."
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    Hecht is rather popular.
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  5. Sep 17, 2015 #4


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    Perhaps it's too advanced, but Born&Wolf is just great!
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