Theoretical Optics: An Introduction (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 6, 2006 - Science - 375 pages
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Starting from basic electrodynamics, this volume provides a solid, yet concise introduction to theoretical optics, containing topics such as nonlinear optics, light-matter interaction, and modern topics in quantum optics, including entanglement, cryptography, and quantum computation.

The author, with many years of experience in teaching and research, goes way beyond the scope of traditional lectures, enabling readers to keep up with the current state of knowledge. Both content and presentation make it essential reading for graduate and phD students as well as a valuable reference for researchers.

  

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Contents

1 A short survey of the history of optics
1
2 The electrodynamics of continuous media
15
3 Linear waves in homogeneous media
45
4 Crystal optics
55
5 Electro magneto and elastooptical phenomena
75
6 Foundations of nonlinear optics
83
7 Shortwave asymptotics
107
8 Geometrical optics
121
11 Holography
203
12 Coherence theory
211
13 Quantum states of the electromagnetic field
245
14 Detection of radiation fields
273
15 Interaction of radiation and matter
289
16 Quantum optics and fundamental quantum theory
323
Selected references
351
Index
355

9 Geometric theory of caustics
143
10 Diffraction theory
167

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About the author (2006)

Hartmann Römer was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1943. In 1970 he received his doctorate from the University of Bonn, where he also completed his habilitation. He held Postdoc positions at the Weizmann Institute of Science and at CERN in Geneva. He has been full professor for Theoretical Physics in Freiburg since 1979. His research interests include particle theory and quantum field theory, in particular geometrical and topological methods: symplectic geometry, quantization theory, classical limit and short wave asymptotics.

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