Natural Focusing and Fine Structure of Light: Caustics and Wave Dislocations

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A new kind of optics has grown up during the last 25 years. Geometrical optics has been studied for centuries (the law of reflection was known to the ancient Greeks) and wave optics (heralded by Huygens' Treatise on Light) has been studied for more than 300 years. But in the mid 1970s it began to be understood that when natural processes focus light, as when sunlight is reflected from the sea at sunset, the light caustics that are produced have a systematic behavior previously unrecognized.

Natural Focusing and Fine Structure of Light: Caustics and Wave Dislocations provides a definitive account of how classical optics has been reconstructed in a modern way by emphasizing the hierarchy of singularities that exists in light fields. The book discusses the singularities of geometrical optics and their systematization by catastrophe theory. It explores the diffraction patterns associated with caustics that are dominated by wave dislocations, line singularities of the phase, and analogous to crystal dislocations. The book is a perfect blend of mathematics and physics, combining theory, computer simulation, and beautiful experimental photographs of the phenomena studied.

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"This is a well-presented and beautifully illustrated book, which treats in detail a relatively new branch of optics ... This is a book which every physics library should hold, and which any academic searching for a stimulating optics experiment should consult." The Physicist "It is very carefully written and excellently illustrated, and the publishers have been equally conscientious in the overall presentation of the book." Francis J Wright, American Journal of Physics "The book can be warmly recommended to anyone who wants to learn about caustics in optical fields, who wants to learn about experiments in this field, and who wants to get new ideas for further theoretical and practical investigations." Zentralblatt Math vol. 984 sup_mat www.optics.org: optics.org s a well-presented and beautifully illustrated book, which treats in detail a relatively new branch of optics ... This is a book which every physics library should hold, and which any academic searching for a stimulating optics experiment should consult." The Physicist "It is very carefully written and excellently illustrated, and the publishers have been equally conscientious in the overall presentation of the book." Francis J Wright, American Journal of Physics "The book can be warmly recommended to anyone who wants to learn about caustics in optical fields, who wants to learn about experiments in this field, and who wants to get new ideas for further theoretical and practical investigations." Zentralblatt Math vol. 984 sup_mat www.optics.org: optics.org

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