The book is intended in the first instance for use by oppressed
graduate students in physics and electrical engineering, who have to get
their apparatus working long enough to take some data before they can
When they do, they’ll find that real-world design work has much the same
harassed and overextended flavor, so in the second instance, it’s
intended for working electro-optical designers.
It can be used as a text in a combined lecture–laboratory course aimed at
graduate students or fourth-year undergraduates, and as a self-teaching
guide and professional reference by working designers.