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78: Optics, electromagnetic theory


Optics, electromagnetic theory: the study of the propagation and evolution of electromagnetic waves, including topics of interference and diffraction. Besides the usual branches of analysis, this area includes geometric topics such as the paths of light rays.


Applications and related fields

For quantum optics, See 81V80 [Schematic of subareas and related areas]

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There is only one division (78A) but it is subdivided:

Starting in the year 2000 this area will be divided into two subsections, 78A: General, and 78M: Basic methods .

Browse all (old) classifications for this area at the AMS.

Textbooks, reference works, and tutorials

Software and tables

Optics packages from the Computer Physics Communications program library.

SCATTERLIB Light Scattering Codes Library.

Electromagnetics from the Computer Physics Communications program library.

Electromagnetic Applications at NERSC

See also the Computational Electromagnetics group

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