Optics in Instruments

Optics in Instruments

Edited by

Jean-Pierre Goure, Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne, France

ISBN : 9781848212435

Publication Date : May 2011

Hardcover 320 pp

132.00 USD



The role of optical instruments is very important and affects all areas of human activity, from scientific analysis (such as spectrometry) to recreation and leisure pursuits like photography and television. Optical components are often an essential part of the instrument, but are not always visible. It is therefore useful and important to understand how they work.

In this book the reader will find both a review of the most important components currently used, the theoretical foundation for their application, and an example of evolution. To do this, we first supply the basic knowledge in optics necessary for the understanding of the instruments: geometrical optics, photometry, colorimetry, image analysis and processing, as well as a short description of the sources used: lamps, lasers and semiconductor sources. Optical systems such as zoom lens under different illuminations are discussed. As a first example of application, the evolution of microscopy, up to the most recent technological progress, are given.


1. Optics and Instruments, Jean-Pierre Goure.
2. Formation of Images, Henri Gagnaire.
3. A Revision of Photometry and Radiometry, Jean-Louis Meyzonnette.
4. Light Sources for Optical Instruments, Jean-Pierre Goure and Isabelle Verrier.
5. Colorimetry, Eric Dinet.
6. Bases for Image Analysis, Michel Jourlin.
7. Optics for Imaging: Definition, Manufacturing, Applications, Gérard Corbasson, Jacques Debize and Thierry Lepine.
8. Optics for Images at Low Light Levels, Joël Rollin.
9. From the Classic Microscope to the Tunnel Effect Microscope, Michel Spajer.

About the authors/editors

Jean-Pierre Goure was Professor of optics at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne, France and director of the UMR 5516 laboratory linked with CNRS. Author of more than one hundred publications in several fields such as spectroscopy, instrumentation, sensors, optical fiber and optical communications, he has been deputy director in engineering science at CNRS and member of several scientific associations such as the French Optical Society and the European Optical Society.

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