1 Introduction.- 1.1 About Physical Optics.- 1.2 The Electromagnetic Spectrum.- 1.3 Overview of the Following Chapters.- References.- Problems.- 2 Maxwell's Equations and Plane Wave Propagation.- 2.1 Introduction.- 2.2 Some Preliminaries.- 2.3 Monochromatic Plane Waves.- 2.4 Polychromatic Plane Waves.- 2.5 Propagation in Polarizing Optical Systems.- 2.6 Striated Media.- References.- Problems.- 3 Material Polarization and Dispersion.- 3.1 Introduction.- 3.2 Complexity in the Microscopic World.- 3.3 A Derivation of the Lorentz-Lorenz Relation.- 3.4 The Spring Model of Matter.- 3.5 Wave Propagation in Dispersive Media.- 3.6 Macroscopic Models of More Exotic Effects.- References.- Problems.- 4 Wave Propagation in Anisotropic Media.- 4.1 Introduction.- 4.2 Microscopic Basis for the Existence of an Index Tensor.- 4.3 Fresnel's and the Index Ellipsoids.- 4.4 The Normal Surface and the Ray Surface.- 4.5 Some Propagation Effects in Crystals.- 4.6 Some Polarization Devices.- References.- Problems.- 5 Geometrical Optics.- 5.1 Introduction.- 5.2 The WKB Approximation as it Relates to Geometrical Optics.- 5.3 The Eikonal Equation.- 5.4 Energy Flow and Radiometry.- 5.5 Paraxial Ray Optics.- 5.6 About Optical Instruments.- 5.7 Phase Space and Liouville's Theorem.- References.- Problems.- 6 Interferenee.- 6.1 Introduction.- 6.2 The Michelson Interferometer.- 6.3 Other Interferometers.- 6.4 The Fabry-Perot Interferometer.- 6.5 Young's Interferometer and Spatial Coherence.- 6.6 Hanbury-Brown and Twiss Interferometer.- References.- Problems.- 7 Diffraetion.- 7.1 Introduction.- 7.2 Green's Theorem and Scalar Diffraction.- 7.3 Rayleigh-Sommerfeld Theory.- 7.4 Van Cittert-Zemicke Theorem.- 7.5 Diffraction Gratings and Spectrometers.- References.- Problems.
This present text has emerged from the lecture notes for a one semester, first year, graduate level course which has been offered yearly since fall 1985 here in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Enrollment in the course, however, has not been limited to first year graduate electrical engineering students, but has included seniors, as well as more advanced students, from a variety of disciplines including other areas of engineering and physics. Although other Physical Optics texts exist, the most up-to-date ones are written primarily for undergraduate courses. As is discussed in slightly more depth in the introduction in the beginning of Chap ter 1, up-to-dateness is important in a Physical Optics text, as even classical optics has been greatly rejuvenated by the events of the last 30 years, since the demonstration of the laser. The perception of this author is that the needs of a graduate level text are quite different from that of an undergraduate text. At the undergraduate level, one is generally pleased if the student can qualitatively grasp a portion of the concepts presented and have some recollection of where to look them up if need be later in his/her career. A deeper insight is necessary at the graduate level and is generally developed through qualitative analysis of the problems within the subject area.
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