by Dr. J. B. Tatum

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(last updated: 2018 June 5)Physical OpticsSince 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 donâ€™t repeat them here. |

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