Light & Optics
From Fermilab — classical, relativistic and quantum descriptions of light.
Lecture notes for a Physics course on Optics, Texas A&M University
From the Department of Applied Physics at The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Resources, references, and tutorial information about Optics and Photonics
Large, comprehensive inventory of Optical Components
German source for Optical Glass products and Optical Coatings
“An online reference library for the lighting industry…including indoor, outdoor, commercial, residential and industrial lighting fixtures”
“Advancing the effective use of Light for Society and the Environment”, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
incandescent and halogen full spectrum light bulbs (I’ve used these for years, they make regular incandescents look sickly yellow by comparison)
“capture sunlight on your rooftop, redirect it down a highly reflective shaft, then diffuse it throughout your interior space”
“transfer natural sunlight by using a clear dome over a reflective shaft which ends at your ceiling with a sealed diffuser”
Comparison of lighting technologies available for use off the grid
“…to provide renewable energy technologies and high efficiency lighting to communities around the world that do not have access to appropriate and affordable energy solutions.”
Large list of links to eye-related resources, compiled on behalf of the Association of Vision Science Librarians
Overview of the potentially negative effects of visible and ultraviolet light on one’s visual health, from the Review of Optometry online.
How to protect yourself from the potentially harmful effects of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, from the World Health Organization
“Results from a dozen studies over the last 10 years suggest that long hours in the sun without proper eye protection increase your chances of developing eye disease”
Light transmitting concrete!
(these seem to be offline…anyone know where they went?)
Satellite monitoring of the artificial night sky brightness and the stellar visibility, from the Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute.