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Lectures on LightNonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix$
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Stephen Rand

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574872.001.0001

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Basic Classical Concepts

Basic Classical Concepts

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(p.1) 1 Basic Classical Concepts
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Lectures on Light
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Stephen C. Rand

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574872.003.0001

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

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