Radiation and Optics in Dielectric Media

  • James Blake Westgard


Maxwell’s discovery of the equations of electromagnetism is one of the greatest triumphs of the scientific method, and one of the great unifications. Not only were electricity and magnetism shown to be two aspects of a single phenomenon, but physical optics was included as well. In this chapter we discuss the radiative solutions of Maxwells equations in charge-free regions. We show how these solutions have bearing on the refraction, reflection, and diffraction of light, and also show how energy and momentum are carried by the electromagnetic field.


Wave Equation Plane Wave Green Function Wave Front Helmholtz Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Blake Westgard
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA

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