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Basic Classical Concepts

Stephen C. Rand

in Lectures on Light

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574872
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722219 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574872.003.0001
Basic Classical Concepts

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Chapter 1 is an extremely brief review of the elementary aspects of light as a classical electromagnetic wave. Maxwell's equations are outlined and the scalar wave equation is derived from them. Then the most basic features of the interaction of light with matter are considered, namely absorption and dispersion.

Keywords: classical electromagnetism; electromagnetic waves; absorption; dispersion

Chapter.  3751 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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