History: OpticsOptical propertiesHistory: Optical Technology
Biographies of great opticiansTelescopes
LEDs and LASERs
ColorManufacturers/DistributorsLightingGlass (and Optical Fibers)
Custom Glass Fabrication
Organic Optical Materials
Photonic Band Gap Materials
Lines and Waves (local copy): a history of electromagnetism which focuses on the contributions of Faraday and Maxwell -- from the IEEE Center for the History of Electrical Engineering.
Gallery of Electromagnetic Personalities - A Vignette History of Electromagnetics: by Professor L. Taylor of the University of Maryland.
Sketches of a History of Electromagnetism: from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Episodes in Romantic Science: Oersted and
Discovery of Electromagnetism
by Frederick Gregory, Department of History at the University of Florida.
A Brief History of Optics (local copy) from Lasers & Optics, Web Science Resources.
Polarization: The Discovery of Polarization
Biographies of great opticians:
Dominique FranÁois Jean Arago (1786-1853)
Renť Descartes (1596-1650)
Augustin Jean Fresnel (1788-1827)
The research of Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865)Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)
Albert Abraham Michelson (1852-1931) - Michelson home page.
Willebrord van Roijen Snell (1580-1626)
Telescopes:History of the Telescope from the Galileo Project at Rice University
Optical CommunicationNotes on Optical Telegraphy
Spectroscopy:The MIT history of spectroscopy.A History of Astronomical Spectroscopy from Laser Star
LEDs and LASERs:
A wonderful overview of the broad sweep of MASER and LASER history (local copy)
LASER History (1917-1996) from LASERSTARS.org
Semiconductor injection (diode )laser
A History of LED Technolgy from Marktech
There is a very interesting set of optical illusions at "Fun Visual Tricks & Optical Illusions" (Reference thanks to Sarah at ValleyBookClub.com).
The Joy of Visual Perception: a web book on perception by Peter K. Kaiser of the Department of Psychology, York University.
Visual Physiology: an interactive tutorial by George Mather of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex.
Brightness, Luminance, and Confusion: a March 1993 article by Charles P. Halsted in Information Display.
Luminance, Illuminance, Lumens, Lux, . . .
Light Measurement Handbook, Alex Ryer (local copy).
Color Theory Lecture Notes from John W. Buchanan's course Introductory Computer Graphics.
Color Bars Signal -- Why and How
Manufacturers/Distributors:3M's Light Management Home Page
DuPont Glass Laminating Products - Information for Architects and Owners. See, in particular, Architects Speak Out index of the Lamininated Glass News
Corning: home page
SUMITA: new glass and fiber technology
AFG Glass: home page
OPRI - Optical Polymer Research, Inc.
Control Optics: Optical system design and manufacturing
LightingAll about fiber optics: Lucifer Lighting Company
fti - Fiberoptics Technology, Inc.
Fiberstars: Technology in Fiber Optic Lighting
DN Labs, Inc.
Fiber Optics Products, Inc.
Custom Glass FabricationNorthwestern Industries Inc.
Custom Glass Corporation
Glass (Optical Fibers):
A general Glass History: a great collection of "Web Links, Information, & Great Stuff on the Glass Industry."
Schott Glas - UK: an Application overview.
Fibre Optic Lighting & Sensing Technology Book: a general tutorial by Paul Timson & Barry Gregson - from Schott. Good on basics, but doesn't have much on telecommunications.
Fiber Optics Basics: by Terry Macy at Ohio University
Fiber Optic Communication Tutorials: a set of tutorials which emphasize cable configurations - from LASCOMM
Fibre Optic Technologies: from Mercury Communications Ltd
Technical Books - Fiber Optics
Inorganic Optical Materials:Smart Optical Materials by Sol-Gel Method
Organic Optical Materials:
Some background in important concepts in organic chemistry:An extensive Glossary of Terms Used in Physical Organic Chemistry,Particle in a Box model of optical properties of weakly bound or delocalized electron in organic molecules (with animations).
The Friends School Chemistry Homepage: A valuable minicourse from the Friends School of Baltimore. In the optical materials context, see in particular:Chemical Bonding,
Lewis Dot Structures,
Structure and Colour in Dyes from the Stains File
Organic and Molecular Electronic and Optical Materials and Devices, Cherie R. Kagan, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
Non-Linear Organic Optical Materials, from Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology (AIST)
Liquid Crystals:Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM)
Photonic Band-Gap MaterialsPhotonic & Sonic Band-Gap Bibliography
- GES: Photonic Band Gap MaterialOptoelectronics (Eli Yablonovitch) Group Home PageAli SerpengŁzel's Photonic Crystals
Photon Localization and Photonic Band Gap Materials: research of Sajeev John
Quantum Optics and Atom Optics Links
optics.org: Photonic Resources for Scientists and Engineers
SPIE -- International Society for Optical Engineering
Optical Society of America
Society of Vacuum Coaters
Laser Focus World
ESO -- European Southern Observatory and AstroWeb databas
American Vacuum Society
Institute of Optics, Rochester University
Kettering Exhibit (UK)
Alphabetical listing of laser and optics related websites
Oregon Center for Optics, University of Oregon
VRML Gallery of Electromagnetism by Rob Salgado of Syracuse University.
Teaching Electromagnetism Using Advanced Technologies by John W. Belcher of MIT.
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, July 95.
Pulse-Enevlope Solitons on 2-d Lattices with in-plane displacements
Light Bullet Home Page:
created by Darran Edmundson and Richard Enns
of the Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University.
Shallow Water Acoustics in a Random Media (SWARM): from the Woods Hole Ocean Acoustics Lab.
Science Fiction or Fact? See
Messengers of the future world?
OptoElectronic Computing Group at UCSD