50 Years of Fourier Optics

Edmund Lam, James R. Fienup, James R. Leger and Demetri Psaltis

On the occasion of a classic text’s golden anniversary, four scientists reflect on the significance of the book—and of its author.

figure[Courtesy of J.R. Fienup]

The year 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Fourier. And this month at OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress in Orlando, Fla., USA, a special series of invited talks will recognize another, related milestone: the 50th anniversary of the publication of Joseph Goodman’s seminal textbook Introduction to Fourier Optics. The session celebrates the impact not only of the field of Fourier optics, but of Goodman as an author and teacher.

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