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The optics of life : a biologist's guide to light in nature

Author: Sönke Johnsen
Publisher: Princeton (N.J.) : Princeton University Press, cop. 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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. Sönke Johnsen starts  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sönke Johnsen
ISBN: 9780691139906 0691139903
OCLC Number: 812509714
Notes: Bibliogr. 307-318.
Description: 1 vol. (X-336 p.) : ill. ; 25 cm
Contents: 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 subtances --
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.
Responsibility: Sönke Johnsen.
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