Survey of the Classical Theory

  • Ole KellerEmail author
Part of the Nano-Optics and Nanophotonics book series (NON, volume 2)


Notwithstanding that quantum physics is necessary to obtain a good grasp of the theory of near-field electrodynamics classical approaches are still indispensable for several reasons.Quantum theory is a rational generalization of the classical theory, and the correspondence principle of Niels Bohr [1, 2, 3, 4] links the two together. In a certain limit the result obtained by a quantum physical calculation thus agrees with that of a classical calculation. One may illustrate this by an example of importance in mesoscopic optics, viz., the calculation of the linear polarizability of a mesoscopic spherical particle [5].


Radiation Reaction Evanescent Field Surface Polaritons Surface Electromagnetic Wave Lorentz Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut for FysikAalborg UniversitetAalborgDenmark

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