Editor's Message

Dear Scientist, dear Librarian,

The development, design and optimization of optical systems are of growing interest, yet there are few suitable books available. I believe this is because industrial specialists have most of the experience, but no time and interest in publishing it. Academic books provide a good didactic, scientific introduction, but the practical side is missed. On the other hand, a true understanding requires several disciplines: It is necessary to have a mathematical insight into the algorithms, to understand the physical principles of optics and to transfer the computed results to the hardware.
In addition, the growing use of modern complex components, the application of more physical principles and increasing computer power over the past two decades has broadened the gap between classical optical design and modern simulation approaches.
At the beginning of my career more than 20 years ago, I wished for such a book and had the idea of filling this gap. This series is divided into three major sections. The first two volumes deal with the fundamentals of technical and physical optics. Volumes three and four are the central parts and describe aberration theory, the principles of optical design and the building blocks of complete systems. The remaining two volumes cover the testing of system performance and special aspects.
Our aim with this work is to provide a good graphical illustration of the problems, to keep the derivations short and to supply a professional software for rapid application of the lessons learned. This will help professional optical designers and advanced students to understand and solve their tasks quickly.

Herbert Gross
Carl Zeiss AG