electromagnetic theory of light

electromagnetic theory of light

[i¦lek·trō·mag′ned·ik ¦thē·ə·rē əv ′līt]
(electromagnetism)
Theory according to which light is an electromagnetic wave whose electric and magnetic fields obey Maxwell's equations.
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It covers the basics of the electromagnetic theory of light; aspects of the beam propagation method, such as Von Neumann analysis and boundary conditions; vectorial and three-dimensional beam propagation techniques; special topics, such as the wide-angle beam propagation method, discontinuities, the bidirectional beam propagation method, active waveguides, the time domain beam propagation method, and the finite-difference time-domain method; and beam propagation method analysis of integrated photonic devices.
The expansion of Maxwell's electromagnetic theory of light by Heinrich Hertz in 1886 starts our timeline.

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