Electricity and Magnetism
Heat and Thermodynamics
Max Fairbairn's Planetary Photometry
Integrals and Differential Equations
Since I put a few notes on Geometric Optics on this site, from time to time viewers have written to me asking if I am going to write some notes on Physical Optics. The answer has always been that I was not planning to. However I have scribbled one or two notes on isolated and random topics, and I present them here. I am nowhere close to getting together a full course on Physics Optics, so for the time being I give some notes on the following random small topics. Any further topics may appear if and when the spirit moves me, at a rate of maybe one new topic every few years. I hope the following are of some interest.
Reflection and refraction from the point of view of Fermat's Principle and Huygens' Construction.
Reflection and transmission at a boundary, and the Fresnel Equations.
The Cornu Spiral.
The Stokes Parameters for describing polarized light.
I had thought of including a set of notes on photometric quantities, but I think these are adequately covered in my notes on Stellar Atmospheres so I don’t repeat them here.