Introduction to Modern OpticsThis incisive text provides a basic undergraduatelevel course in modern optics for students in physics, technology and engineering. The first half of the book deals with classical physical optics; the second principally with the quantum nature of light. Chapters 1 and 2 treat the propagation of light waves, including the concepts of phase and group velocities, and the vectorial nature of light. Chapter 3 applies the concepts of partial coherence and coherence length to the study of interference, and Chapter 4 takes up multiplebeam interference and includes FabryPerot interferometry and multilayerfilm theory. Diffraction and holography are the subjects of Chapter 5, and the propagation of light in material media (including crystal and nonlinear optics) are central to Chapter 6. Chapters 7 and 8 introduce the quantum theory of light and elementary optical spectra, and Chapter 9 explores the theory of light amplification and lasers. Chapter 10 briefly outlines ray optics in order to introduce students to the matrix method for treating optical systems and to apply the ray matrix to the study of laser resonators. 
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till page 7 , start : 1.3
Not the most gentle introduction. It starts off by slapping you in the face with the Maxwell equations, and continues to rapid fire equations and definitions from then on.
It probably works as a reference, or as a refresher, but for an introduction it could use a few more explanations.
Contents
The Propagation of Light  1 
The Vectorial Nature of Light  21 
Coherence and Interference  57 
MultipleBeam Interference  85 
Diffraction  105 
Optics of Solids  151 
Thermal Radiation and Light Quanta  203 
Optical Spectra  225 
Amplification of Light Lasers  263 
Ray Optics  293 