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Old Aug 26th 2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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How to Learn More About Airy Beams?

I came across this article was incredibly interested. I've read the paper and the material was completely over my head. What should I, with a high school level education and no background in optics, do to have a complete understanding of the topic discussed in the paper? What sciences would I have to learn to get it? Many thanks.

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Old Aug 27th 2014, 04:21 AM   #2
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Old, but still useful...

I have recently enjoyed watching some old Lectures by Richard Feynman
The Douglas Robb Memorial Lectures

Although these are very old (1979) I found them hugely illuminating regarding the weird and wacky world of quantum electrodynamics.
In particular the less obvious features of the effects that are commonly viewed as "interference" and "diffraction"

I would also be interested in looking at any more recent (layman) guides/lectures on these topics that anyone can recommend.
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Old Aug 27th 2014, 05:47 AM   #3
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...What should I, with a high school level education and no background in optics, do to have a complete understanding of the topic discussed in the paper? What sciences would I have to learn to get it? Many thanks.
For starters read up on other articles, such as this one on physicsworld. Another physicsworld article describes tying light in knots, and yet another talks about optical vortices. See Miles Padgett's web page at http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics...groups/optics/ and look at say orbital angular mometnum:



There's lots of interesting stuff out there. One I particular liked was turning light into matter, though for some reason this wasn't reported on physicsworld.

To really understand all this you need to learn physics, and in particular electromagnetism and optics. But note that a typical electromagnetism textbook might not help as much as you'd think. For example the first edition of John Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics dates from 1962. That's over fifty years ago. Textbooks do get updated, but they always tend to lag current research, and to really learn the stuff you need to give priority to the current research.

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