This is a comprehensive, accessible introduction to modern optical information processing designed for students without an intensive background in electromagnetic theory and classical optics. Topics
covered include linear system theory and Fourier transformation, introduction to diffraction, Fraunhofer and Fresnal diffraction, introduction to partial coherence theory, basic properties of recording materials,
Fourier transform properties of lenses and optical information processing, and techniques and applications of coherent optical processing. Optical processing with incoherent light, introduction to holography, analysis
of nonlinear holograms, rainbow holography, applications of holography, and applications of rainbow holography are also discussed.