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'Fundamentals of Photonics' offered by SPIE for free download

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 30 June 2008 - SPIE is providing open access from its website to a monograph suitable for both traditional and non-traditional students who want to learn the basics of photonics.

"Fundamentals of Photonics is designed for first- and second-year college students, but can meet the needs of students of all ages, including life-long learners, who want to develop their interest in the continuously evolving fields of optics and photonics," said Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut and editor of the book.

Roychoudhuri was Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded project called STEP-I (Scientific and Technological Education in Optics and Photonics) that created the 10-chapter book based on an earlier project for community college curriculum.

The roots of the manuscript are in a government-funded project called Photonics Curriculum Development (PCD), Roychoudhuri explained. PCD was managed by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD). SPIE and Optical Society of America members donated time, experience, and ideas to develop PCD. STEP-I used PCD as a template for Fundamentals of Photonics. The University of Connecticut managed the STEP-I project, and CORD was a subcontractor.

"We greatly appreciate that SPIE has agreed to help the STEP-I project freely disseminate the contents of the book as downloadable chapters through their professionally maintained website," Roychoudhuri said. "We also appreciate the contributions of every author who contributed to this project."

Downloads are organized into 10 separate modules representing the book's chapters. The complete set of modules is also available on CD-ROM at a modest cost. See SPIE's website for information or to download Fundamentals of Photonics: spie.org/x17229.xml.

SPIE's other online publications on photonics include the SPIE Digital Library, containing more than 260,000 conference proceedings and journal papers dating from 1990, and the SPIE Newsroom, continually updated with technical articles and photonics industry news. See the SPIE Newsroom at spie.org/newsroom and learn more about the SPIE Digital Library at spie.org/SPIEDigitalLibrary.