Best Reference Books – Electromagnetic Theory and Optics

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Electromagnetic Theory and Optics subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Electromagnetic Theory and Optics along with reviews.

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1. “Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics)” by Max Born

“Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (Dover Books on Physics)” Book Review: This book talks about the Einsteinian relativity theory. The book starts with explanations about the origins of space and time measurements, geometric axioms, Ptolemaic and Copernican astronomy, concepts of equilibrium and force. Book covers the laws of motion, inertia, mass, momentum and energy, Newtonian world system, laws of optics, electrodynamics. Later it also explains the topics such as simultaneity, kinematics, Einstein’s mechanics and dynamics, relativity of arbitrary motions. the principle of equivalence, the geometry of curved surfaces, and the space-time continuum are also covered. The topics like nature of classical physics and relativity are described using high school algebra. Many of the topics are reviewed using experiments and diagrams.

2. “Electromagnetic Theory And Optics” by V K Shrivastava

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“Electromagnetic Theory And Optics” Book Review: This book talks about the basic concept related to electromagnetism and spectra. The book covers electromagnetism-equations, waves, radiation, momentum, relativity, acceleration and dispersion. It also explains about emission and absorption, energy distribution, etc. refraction, lenses and chromatic aberration. Topics such as telescope, microscope and prism aberration, spectra, velocity of light, electronic bonds and wave mechanics and diffraction are explained in detail. Spectrometer, interference and interferometers are also reviewed. These topics are explained using appropriate diagrams for better understanding.

3. “Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light” by Max Born and Emil Wolf

“Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light” Book Review: It is the expanded edition textbook covering the Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light. It covers the theory on scattering of scalar, electromagnetic waves, Born series and the Rytov series. Book also explains about interference with broad-band light, Rayleigh-Sommerfield diffraction theory and energy conservation in scalar wave fields. Topics like X-ray diffraction by crystals are also described in the book. This book can be a good reference for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers working in the area of optics.

4. “Electromagnetic Theory and Geometrical Optics (Classic Reprint)” by Professor of Mathematics Emeritus Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Morris Kline

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“Electromagnetic Theory and Geometrical Optics (Classic Reprint)” Book Review: This book talks about the relationship of electromagnetic theory to geometrical optics. It covers the mathematical part of geometrical optics and its equations. Ultra-high frequency problems are also covered. Book explains the relation between Maxwell’s theory and geometrical optics.

5. “Electromagnetic Theory for Microwaves and Optoelectronics” by K Zhang and D Li

“Electromagnetic Theory for Microwaves and Optoelectronics” Book Review: It is a textbook useful for first year graduate students on the topic of electromagnetic fields and waves. It also covers the areas of microwaves and optoelectronics. This book covers the physical and mathematical foundations of electromagnetic theory. It also describes the topics such as field analysis of electromagnetic waves confined in material boundaries. Topics like guided waves, electromagnetic waves in open space, scalar diffraction theory and active devices are also reviewed. The book can be read by researchers and engineers.

6. “Electrodynamics: The Field-Free Approach: Electrostatics, Magnetism, Induction, Relativity and Field Theory (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics)” by Kjell Prytz

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“Electrodynamics: The Field-Free Approach: Electrostatics, Magnetism, Induction, Relativity and Field Theory (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics)” Book Review: It is a textbook explaining the basic or advanced level of electrodynamics. Book aims to cover electrodynamic theory and its experiments and phenomena. It contains the theory on topics force and mutual interaction. It describes field theory. Book explains that the theory of relativity is based on magnetic effects. It will be a helpful book for physics and engineering students, high school teachers and employees of the telecom industry. It also can be referenced for Chemistry and computer science students.

7. “Transmission Lines: Equivalent Circuits, Electromagnetic Theory, and Photons (The Cambridge RF and Microwave Engineering Series)” by Richard Collier

“Transmission Lines: Equivalent Circuits, Electromagnetic Theory, and Photons (The Cambridge RF and Microwave Engineering Series)” Book Review: This book explains the important concepts of transmission lines. Chapters covered in the book are pulse propagation, sinusoidal waves and coupled lines. The book explains about the basic model by demonstrating derivation of circuit parameters. Later it describes the photonic concepts and its properties. DC to optical frequencies is also reviewed in the book. This book can be a good reference for students, researchers and professionals in electrical, RF and microwave engineering. Topics are explained using numerous practical worked examples, illustrations and simple mathematics.

8. “Laser Physics at Relativistic Intensities (Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics)” by A L Galkin and A V Borovsky

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“Laser Physics at Relativistic Intensities (Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics)” Book Review: This textbook explains about the nonlinear interactions of ultra-high-intensity electromagnetic radiation with matter. It also talks about relativistic and charge-displacement self-channelling and instabilities of electromagnetic radiation in plasmas. Book covers the nonlinear models of lasers. It is a good reference for researchers and graduate students.

9. “Raman Spectroscopy and its Application in Nanostructures” by Shu-Lin Zhang

“Raman Spectroscopy and its Application in Nanostructures” Book Review: This book explains the theoretical and experimental phenomena of Raman spectroscopy. It covers the physical fundamentals, new developments and main features in low-dimensional systems of Raman spectroscopy. The book introduces the new branches of Raman spectroscopy in terms of both theoretical and practical point of view.

10. “Structure of the Atom: Atom Contains Not Only Electrons and Nucleus” by Joseph George

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“Structure of the Atom: Atom Contains Not Only Electrons and Nucleus” Book Review: This book explains about the structure of atoms. It talks about the space inside an atom is not empty but filled with a state of matter, the book also provides the proof of the statements.

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