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Principles of Optics

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

7th Edition

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  • Authors:
  • Max Born, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany and University of Edinburgh
  • Emil Wolf, University of Rochester, New York
  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521642224

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  • 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.

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Principles of Optics is a great book, the seventh edition is a fine one, and if you work in the field you probably ought to own it.' Physics Today

    'The seventh edition of this classic optics text is the most thoroughly revised and expanded version since it was first published in 1959. The first chapters lay the foundations of the field of optics, covering basic properties of the electromagnetic field, polarization, dispersion and geometric optics. The chapter dedicated to optical imaging features new material about computerized axial tomography, while a whole new chapter covers scattering from inhomogeneous media including diffraction tomography. The text concludes with the optics of crystals, which introduces the reader to nonlinear optical phenomena.' Max Born and Emil Wolf, 'All-Time Favourites', Nature Photonics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 7th Edition
    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521642224
    • length: 985 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 185 x 42 mm
    • weight: 1.748kg
    • contains: 393 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Historical introduction
    1. Basic properties of the electromagnetic field
    2. Electromagnetic potentials and polarization
    3. Foundations of geometrical optics
    4. Geometrical theory of optical imaging
    5. Geometrical theory of aberrations
    6. Image-forming instruments
    7. Elements of the theory of interference and interferometers
    8. Elements of the theory of diffraction
    9. The diffraction theory of aberrations
    10. Interference and diffraction with partially coherent light
    11. Rigorous diffraction theory
    12. Diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves
    13. Scattering from inhomogeneous media
    14. Optics of metals
    15. Optics of crystals
    16. Appendices
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    Max Born, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany and University of Edinburgh

    Emil Wolf, University of Rochester, New York

    With contributions by

    A. B. Bhatia

    P. C. Clemmow

    D. Gabor

    A. R. Stokes

    A. M. Taylor

    P. A. Wayman

    W. L. Wilcock

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