## 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 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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