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The Optics of Life: A Biologist's Guide to Light in Nature

Sönke Johnsen


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. This book 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. The book starts with the basics, describing the properties of light and the units and geometry of measurement. It then explores how light is created and propagates and how it interacts with matter, covering topics ... More

Keywords: optics, optical measurements, absorption, scattering, fluorescence, polarization, quantum mechanics, light

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691139906
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sönke Johnsen, author
Duke University