From Electrostatics to Optics: A Concise Electrodynamics Course

From Electrostatics to Optics: A Concise Electrodynamics Course

by Gunter Scharf
     
 

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After a historical introduction and mathematical preliminaries the book turns to electrostatics in vacuum, whereby Maxwells equations are not postulated as axioms, but deduced from electrostatics plus Lorentz invariance. These general ideas are then illustrated by many applications, radiation phenomena in particular. Chapter 4 is devoted to the completely different

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After a historical introduction and mathematical preliminaries the book turns to electrostatics in vacuum, whereby Maxwells equations are not postulated as axioms, but deduced from electrostatics plus Lorentz invariance. These general ideas are then illustrated by many applications, radiation phenomena in particular. Chapter 4 is devoted to the completely different subject of phenomenological electrodynamics of matter, with the equations derived by spatial averaging, assuming a classical model for the atomic structure of matter. The chapter on optics is not treated as an independent field, but rather an application of Chapter 4, where significant themes such as wave optics, light scattering, geometrical optics, diffraction theory, and the laser are discussed. Finally, an epilogue relates the classical theory to modern quantum electrodynamics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642850899
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
02/09/2012
Series:
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

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