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By Anthony E. Siegman

Lasers is both a textbook and a general reference book with an emphasis on basic laser principles and theory. It brings together into a unified and carefully laid out exposition all of the fundamental and important physical principles and properties of laser devices, including both the atomic physics of laser materials and the optical physics and practical performance of laser devices.

A unique feature of this book is that it gives a complete, detailed and accurate treatment of laser physics, building only on classical modes, without requiring a quantum mechanical background of the readers. Essentially it is a must have for all scientists and engineers who work with lasers.

In an effort to expand the reach of Siegman's gold-standard textbook, we are pleased to offer Lasers as a PDF eBook. Additionally, we will be donating the net proceeds from the sale of each eBook to the Optica Foundation to support the Siegman International School on Lasers.

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Optics and Optical Instruments—Preparation of drawings for optical elements and systems: A User's Guide

Optica Standards Committee
eds. Ronald K. Kimmel and Robert E. Parks

We hope you appreciate this republication of ISO 10110 Optics and Optical Instruments—Preparation of Drawings for Optical Elements and Systems: A User's Guide, first published in 1995. This open-access republication is intended to give you a feel for the ISO 10110 standard and an overview of its general scope and methodology. It is not intended for use as a standard as it is hopelessly out of date. Copyright 1995

When you have convinced yourself of the usefulness of ISO 10110, go to www.ISO.org or www.ANSI.org and order the standard. Yes, we know it is pricey, but it is a cost of doing business in the optics industry. Ultimately, using the standard will save you money. The advantage of using ISO 10110 is that the optics world is global and, if your drawings are done according to this standard, they will be more likely to be understood worldwide.

If you find there are parts of ISO 10110 that put you to a disadvantage, or you have something to add to the standard, please contact Patrick Augino at the Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council (OEOSC) Exec_Director@oeosc.org and join OEOSC. OEOSC is the US ANSI member of the ISO optical standards writing committee, TC172. As a member of OEOSC you will have the opportunity to work on updates to the standard and will receive proposed updates for review and approval.

Robert E. Parks
04 May 2021

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OSA Century of Optics

We are proud to present the OSA Century of Optics. The History Book Editors—Paul Kelley, Govind Agrawal, Mike Bass, Jeff Hecht and Carlos Stroud—worked with over 50 authors to create a fascinating history of optics and photonics over the last 100 years.

Beginning around the founding of the Optical Society, the OSA Century of Optics presents a selection of people, events and technologies that were important to the evolution of optics, optical science, optical engineering, and photonics. A number of the chapters are written by the researchers and engineers that were seminal in making the discoveries that are showcased, and the book ends with 8 prominent scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Steven Chu, speculating about what the next 100 years will bring to the field of optics. Copyright 2015

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Centennial Booklets

In recognition of our 100th-anniversary year, the team at Optics & Photonics News created a series of four commemorative booklets. Together, the booklets tell the story, in photos and other visuals, of our roots and evolution so far, and where the society—and the optics and photonics community that it serves—are headed as we embark on our next 100 years. Copyright 2016

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