I've been in touch with Wiley about a new book proposal. It's provisionally titled "Designing Electro-Optical Systems: Figuring It All Out". The editor likes it, so it's gone out for peer review. We'll see what the reviewers say.
I've been having trouble with the subtitle, so it'll probably change--what I want to say is that the book is about the rhythm of the design process, but I haven't found a short way of saying that that doesn't sound pretentious.
It'll be based on about 30 extended examples, loosely modelled on projects I've worked on or consulted for. (I have all these photon budget documents gathering dust, you see.) The idea is to go through the process of gathering rough requirements, generating design ideas, doing photon budgets and first-order optical designs, and choosing between different approaches so as to get the best performance, lowest cost, or some optimal combination thereof.
The other book has several extended examples, but due to its lore-book structure, they've had to be split up across several chapters each, so it's a bit harder to see them as a whole. This one will go through them longitudinally, with references to other sections of the book and to BEOS, to get across the rhythm, rules of thumb, and so on.
The provisional topics are:
Passive systems: photoreceivers, cotton spark detectors, laser noise canceller;
Simple active systems: Cotton velocity sensor, egg blood spot detector, extinction particle detection system, LED plus shadow mask head tracker system
Interferometric systems: original In-Situ Coherent LIDAR (ISICL), with its 10 layers of belt and suspenders; the Mach 9 ISICL including photoreceiver alignment; crossed-beam heterodyne particle counter; phase-sensitive liquid particle detection system; interferometric confocal microscope with deconvolution for another factor of 2 in resolution.
Ultrasensitive measurements: revisit In Situ Coherent Lidar (ISICL, original version) and Mach 9 ISICL (2015 version), extinction particle detection system, Batchelder-Taubenblatt liquid particle detection system;
Electro-opto-mechanical systems: interferometric readout scanning atomic force microscope, magnetic force microscope (including phase tracking)
Systems with a lot of background light: Navy optical link, coherent lidar for vehicles (also interferometric), diffuse light sensors;
Control systems: R-T laser locking, active rejection of spurious reflections;
Spectroscopy: multimode fiber spectrometer, transcutaneous blood glucose sensor, light bulb spectrometer;
Sensors for process control: closed loop lithography linewidth control using diffraction; improved alignment system for wafer steppers, colorimetric sensors for process water in semiconductors and pharmaceuticals; tin droplet detection in EUV light sources for lithography
Simple imaging systems: Footprints $10 thermal IR focal plane array and readout;
Scanning systems: vehicle lidar, compound raster scanning for higher speed;
Colorimetric systems: differential spectroscopic sensor for detecting blood spots in hens' eggs, Ru:BPY sensor for total metals in semiconductor process water using movable Brewster prisms; multipass cell using multiple scatter off the walls of a white painted tube;
Signal processing systems: Modulation generated carrier interrogation of fiber interferometers, ISICL back-wall rejection system using RF modulation of the diode laser
Physical optics imaging systems: optical coherence tomography system, v(z) system, Corle phase sensitive microscope
Mixed technology systems: particle focusing, Fabry-Perot gravity meter, Ru:BPY colorimeter using a moving Brewster prism, all-passive self-aligning solar concentrator;
Advanced interferometric systems: solar heterodyne detection of HF plumes from clandestine uranium enrichment plants
These are all things I've actually designed or worked on, so it's all real-world stuff with real-world track records: some successes, some failures, some never actually built. (I'll need to get permission to publish some of it--suitably adapted to protect client IP--so the roster may change a bit by the time it's done.)
There's quite a bit of background material required, but it's mostly quite specific, and so takes up a lot less space than a general treatise such as BEOS, and of course I can always refer to stuff there where needed.
Since I have most of the hard parts done already, I'm hoping to have it finished by mid-2018, God willing.
Suggestions and comments welcome.