Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light

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Elsevier Science Limited, 1980 - Science - 808 pages
Principles 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 forty years. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with new material covering the CAT scan, interference with broad-band light and the so-called Rayleigh-Sommerfeld diffraction theory. This edition also details scattering from inhomogeneous media and presents an account of the principles of diffraction tomography to which Emil Wolf has made a basic contribution. Several new appendices are also included. This new edition will be invaluable to advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers working in most areas of optics.

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Contents

ELECTROMAGNETIC POTENTIALS AND POIARIZATION
71
FOUNDATIONS OF GEOMETRICAL OPTICS
109
GEOMETRICAL THEORY OF OPTICAL IMAGING
133
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Born was a physicist. He becaome a prpfessor of theoretical physics at Gottingen, a lecturer at Cambridge, and professor of natural philosophy at Edinburgh. He won the Nobel Prize in 1954 with Walter Bothe in the field of quantam physics.

Wolf-University of Rochester

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