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Main Title The optics of life : a biologist's guide to light in nature /
Author Johnsen, Sèonke.
Publisher Princeton University Press,
Year Published 2012
OCLC Number 724663815
ISBN 9780691139906; 0691139903; 9780691139913; 0691139911
Subjects Photobiology ; Physiological optics ; Polarization (Light) ; Optical Phenomena ; SCIENCE--Life Sciences--Biology--General ; SCIENCE--Optics ; Photobiologie ; Physiologische Optik ; Licht
Internet Access
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EHBM  QH515.J64 2012 CEMM/ACESD Library/Narragansett,RI 09/17/2012
Collation x, 336 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-318) and index.
Contents Notes
Units and geometry -- Emission -- Absorption -- Scattering -- Scattering with interference -- Fluorescence -- Polarization -- Measuring light -- 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. "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. Sèonke 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"--Provided by publisher.