The Optics of Life : A Biologist's Guide to Light in Nature / Sönke Johnsen.
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- Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 
1 online resource (357 p.)
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- Optics--a field of physics focusing on the study of light--is also central to many areas of biology, including vision, ecology, botany, animal behavior, neurobiology, and molecular biology. The Optics of Life introduces the fundamentals of optics to biologists and nonphysicists, giving them the tools they need to successfully incorporate optical measurements and principles into their research. Sönke Johnsen starts with the basics, describing the properties of light and the units and geometry of measurement. He then explores how light is created and propagates and how it interacts with matter, covering topics such as absorption, scattering, fluorescence, and polarization. Johnsen also provides a tutorial on how to measure light as well as an informative discussion of quantum mechanics. The Optics of Life features a host of examples drawn from nature and everyday life, and several appendixes that offer further practical guidance for researchers. This concise book uses a minimum of equations and jargon, explaining the basic physics of light in a succinct and lively manner. It is the essential primer for working biologists and for anyone seeking an accessible introduction to optics.Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
Chapter One. Introduction
Chapter Two. Units and Geometry
Chapter Three. Emission
Chapter Four. Absorption
Chapter Five. Scattering
Chapter Six. Scattering with Interference
Chapter Seven. Fluorescence
Chapter Eight. Polarization
Chapter Nine. Measuring Light
Chapter Ten. What Is Light, Really?
Appendix A. Converting Spectral Irradiance to Lux
Appendix B. Calculating the Absorbance Spectrum of a Visual Pigment
Appendix C. Refractive Indices of Common Substances
Appendix D. Optical Properties of Very Clear Water
Appendix E. Optical Properties of Natural Waters
Appendix F. Useful Formulas
Appendix G. Equipment and Software Suppliers
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -318) and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
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- 10.1515/9781400840663 doi
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