8-12 July 2013
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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NON-SPECIALIST: Classical optics in the language of quantum mechanics

Presented by Prof. Thomas KONRAD on 12 Jul 2013 from 11:10 to 11:50
Type: Oral Presentation
Session: Theoretical
Track: Track G - Theoretical and Computational Physics

Abstract

There is a close relationship between physical optics and quantum mechanics. Therefore problems form one of these fields can solved by methods from the other. We review the application of Dirac notation and operator algebra to the optics of paraxial light beams at the example of deriving the lens equation. In addition, we formulate paraxial optics in terms of postulates in order to compare them with those of quantum mechanics and find -remarkably- a great similarity, except for measurements.

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