Introduction to Optics by Melinda Darby Dyar, Mickey E. Gunter & Dennis Tasa

Introduction to Optics

By Melinda Darby Dyar, Mickey E. Gunter & Dennis Tasa

  • Release Date: 2014-04-07
  • Genre: Earth Sciences
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This chapter explains everything you need to know about optics that can be learned at a macro scale (without a microscope) to prepare you for the study of optics at micro scales (with a microscope). By providing an overview of optics, this chapter introduces the fundamentals of physics that apply to light and its interaction with materials (such as reflection and refraction). In mineralogy, these interactions between light and crystals are fundamental to the identification of minerals.
Topics covered in Chapter 16 include:
• The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Wave Nomenclature
• Refractive Index
• Refraction vs. Reflection of Light
• Refractometer
• Dispersion of Refractive Index
• The Prism and the Rainbow
• Refraction by Lenses
• Estimation and Determination of Refractive Index
• Correcting Vision
• Relief
• Anisotropic Materials
• Interference Colors
• Polarization by Reflection
• Polarization by Absorption
• Light Interaction with a Quartz Sphere
• Polarized Sunglasses
• Gem Refractometer: Anisotropic Minerals

This Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy Series is specifically designed to take full advantage of digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. Using color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams, and review questions, this series makes a challenging subject approachable. Also, each chapter in the series is available separately allowing the reader to pick and choose only those chapters they need for their specific course.