Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of LightPrinciples of Optics is one of the classic science books of the twentieth century, and probably the most influential book in optics published in the past 40 years. The new edition is the first ever thoroughly revised and expanded edition of this standard text. Among the new material, much of which is not available in any other optics text, is a section on the CAT scan (computerized axial tomography), which has revolutionized medical diagnostics. The book also includes a new chapter on scattering from inhomogeneous media which provides a comprehensive treatment of the theory of scattering of scalar as well as of electromagnetic waves, including the Born series and the Rytov series. The chapter also presents an account of the principles of diffraction tomography  a refinement of the CAT scan  to which Emil Wolf, one of the authors, has made a basic contribution by formulating in 1969 what is generally regarded to be the basic theorem in this field. The chapter also includes an account of scattering from periodic potentials and its connection to the classic subject of determining the structure of crystals from Xray diffraction experiments, including accounts of von Laue equations, Bragg's law, the Ewald sphere of reflection and the Ewald limiting sphere, both generalized to continuous media. These topics, although originally introduced in connection with the theory of Xray diffraction by crystals, have since become of considerable relevance to optics, for example in connection with deep holograms. Other new topics covered in this new edition include interference with broadband light, which introduces the reader to an important phenomenon discovered relatively recently by Emil Wolf, namely the generation of shifts of spectral lines and other modifications of spectra of radiated fields due to the state of coherence of a source. There is also a section on the socalled RayleighSommerfield diffraction theory which, in recent times, has been finding increasing popularity among optical scientists. There are also several new appendices, including one on energy conservation in scalar wavefields, which is seldom discussed in books on optics. The new edition of this standard reference will continue to be invaluable to advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers working in most areas of optics. 
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User Review  nealjking  LibraryThingThis book is an excellent reference, but is too long to read in full. The emphasis was on completeness rather than liveliness! Read full review
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Contents
Basic properties of the electromagnetic field  1 
Electromagnetic potentials and polarization  75 
Foundations of geometrical optics  116 
Geometrical theory of optical imaging  142 
Geometrical theory of aberrations  228 
Imageforming instruments  261 
Elements of the theory of interference and interferometers  286 
interferometer  299 
Scattering from inhomogeneous media  695 
Optics of metals  735 
Optics of crystals  790 
indices of a crystalline medium  833 
Appendices  853 
I1 Light optics electron optics and wave mechanics  873 
Asymptotic approximations to integrals  883 
The Dirac delta function  892 
interference microscopes  341 
wavelengths  377 
Elements of the theory of diffraction  412 
The diffraction theory of aberrations  517 
Interference and diffraction with partially coherent light  554 
Rigorous diffraction theory  633 
Diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves  674 
A mathematical lemma used in the rigorous derivation of the LorentzLorenz formula  898 
The circle polynomials of Zernike 9 2 1  905 
Proof of the inequality i ri s 1 for the spectral degree of coherence 10 5  911 
Energy conservation in scalar wavelields 13 3  918 
Author index  925 
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