International Series of Monographs in Natural Philosophy

1st Edition - January 1, 1975

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  • Author: J. P. Mathieu
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483187044

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Optics, Parts 1 and 2 covers electromagnetic optics and quantum optics. The first part of the book examines the various of the important properties common to all electromagnetic radiation. This part also studies electromagnetic waves; electromagnetic optics of transparent isotropic and anisotropic media; diffraction; and two-wave and multi-wave interference. The polarization states of light, the velocity of light, and the special theory of relativity are also examined in this part. The second part is devoted to quantum optics, specifically discussing the classical molecular theory of optical phenomena and the quantization of radiant energy and of energy in atoms. This part also looks into topics such as wave mechanics, atomic and molecular spectra, and spectrometry. This book will be beneficial to those interested in studying optics, including students of physics.

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the English Edition

    Principal Physical Constants

    Principal Symbols and Variables

    Part 1 Electromagnetic Optics

    1. Definitions and Fundamental Phenomena

    2. Electromagnetic Waves

    3. Electromagnetic Optics of Transparent Isotropic Media

    4. Electromagnetic Optics of Transparent Anisotropic Media

    5. Propagation of Radiation by Waves. Diffraction

    6. The Apparatus for Two-wave Interference and Their Applications

    7. Multiple-wave Interference

    8. Polarization States of Light

    9. The Velocity of Light and the Special Theory of Relativity

    Appendix A. Periodic Functions

    Appendix B. Waves

    Appendix C. On Symmetry

    Appendix D. Kirchhoff's Formula

    Solutions and Hints for the Problems

    Part 2 Quantum Optics

    10. The Classical Molecular Theory of Optical Phenomena

    11. Quantization of Radiant Energy

    12. Quantization of the Energy in Atoms

    13. Principles of Wave Mechanics

    14. The Stationary States of Several Atomic Systems

    15. Atomic Spectra

    16. Fundamentals of Molecular Spectra

    17. Refraction and Scattering

    18. Anisotropy and Birefringence

    19. Stimulated Emission and Absorption of Electromagnetic Radiation

    20. Fundamentals of Spectrometry

    Appendix E. Molecular Variables

    Appendix F. Operators and Quantum Mechanics

    Solutions and Hints for the Problems


    Other Titles in the Series in Natural Philosophy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 564
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1975
  • Published: January 1, 1975
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483187044

About the Author

J. P. Mathieu

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Paris, France

About the Editor

D. ter Haar

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