Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Mathematics of Geometrical and Physical Optics: The i k/i -function and its Ramifications

Wiley-VCH (August 30, 2006) | ISBN:3527404481 | 240 pages | PDF | 1,2 Mb

In this sequel to his book, "The Optics of Rays, Wavefronts, and Caustics," Stavroudis not only covers his own research results, but also includes more recent developments. The book is divided into three parts, starting with basic mathematical concepts that are further applied in the book. Surface geometry is treated with classical mathematics, while the second part covers the k-function, discussing and solving the eikonal equation as well as Maxwell equations in this context. A final part on applications consists of conclusions drawn or developed in the first two parts of the book, discussing such topics as the Cartesian oval, the modern Schiefspiegler, Huygen's principle, and Maxwell's model of Gauss' perfect lens.

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