Progress in Optics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444501042, 9780080879802

Progress in Optics, Volume 39

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Emil Wolf
eBook ISBN: 9780080879802
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 17th June 1999
Page Count: 509
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Description

Volume XXXIX presents five review articles dealing with topics of current research interest in optics. The book opens with a chapter dealing with the analytic extension of the concept of geometrical optics rays into the complex domain. The extension is intimately related to inhomogeneous (evanescent) waves, which are currently of particular interest in connection with the rapidly developing area of near-field optics. The results are also relevant to investigations of wave attenuation in absorbing media, and to the understanding of light penetration into geometrical shadow regions, excitation of surface waves and propagation of Gaussian beams. In this article the principles are presented, with special emphasis on the physical significance of complex rays and their applications.


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No. of pages:
509
Language:
English
Copyright:
© North Holland 1999
Published:
Imprint:
North Holland
eBook ISBN:
9780080879802

About the Serial Editors

Emil Wolf Serial Editor

Professor Wolf works at the University of Rochester, NY, USA

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Rochester, NY, USA