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Topology in Optics (Second Edition)

Tying light in knots
David S Simon


Topology in Optics: Tying light in knots (Second Edition) provides the background needed to understand a broad range of unexpected phenomenon and developments arising from topological effects in optics. Assuming only a background in physics at the advanced undergraduate level, it requires no prior familiarity with topology.  Revised and expanded with two new chapters, Topological Photonics and Optical Knots and Links, this will be an invaluable reference for undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers and engineers in optics and related areas.

Key Features

  • The first book to cover in detail the use of topology in optical physics.
  • Self-contained, covering the necessary background in topology.
  • At a level understandable to an advanced undergraduate, but covering a range of cutting edge research topics.
  • Of interest to students and researchers in many areas of physics, optics, engineering, and mathematics.

About Editors

After a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, David Simon earned doctoral degrees in theoretical physics (Johns Hopkins) and engineering (Boston University), he now works primarily in quantum optics and related areas. He has been the author or coauthor of several books and dozens of research papers on topics ranging from the use of supersymmetry in quantum mechanics to applications of quantum entanglement in optical measurement and cryptography. He is currently Professor of Physics at Stonehill College (Easton, MA), program manager of the photonics certificate program there, and a visiting researcher at Boston University.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780750334693

Ebook ISBN: 9780750334716

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3471-6

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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