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Ray Optics, Fermat's Principle, and Applications to General Relativity
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Springer Verlag
Publication date February 1, 2000
Pages 220
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9783540668985
ISBN-10 3540668985
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Published in Europe
Original list price $149.00
Other format details sci/tech
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: This book is about the mathematical theory of light propagation in media on general-relativistic spacetimes. The first part discusses the transition from Maxwell's equations to ray optics. The second part establishes a general mathematical framework for treating ray optics as a theory in its own right, making extensive use of the Hamiltonian formalism. This part also includes a detailed discussion of variational principles (i.e., various versions of Fermat's principle) for light rays in general-relativistic media. Some applications, e.g. to gravitational lensing, are worked out. The reader is assumed to have some basic knowledge of general relativity and some familiarity with differential geometry. Some of the results are published here for the first time, e.g. a general-relativistic version of Fermat's principle for light rays in a medium that has to satisfy some regularity condition only.

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from Springer Verlag (February 1, 2000)
9783540668985 | details & prices | 220 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $149.00
About: This book is about the mathematical theory of light propagation in media on general-relativistic spacetimes.
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9783642086168 | details & prices | 230 pages | List price $149.00
About: This book is about the mathematical theory of light propagation in media on general-relativistic spacetimes.

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