Path integrals for light propagation through dielectrics—a full vector version
- Conference date: 28–30 October 2009
- Location: Bad Honnef (Germany)
We develop a path integrals approach for analyzing stationary light propagation through dielectrics. The hermitian form of the stationary Maxwell equations is transformed into a quantum mechanical problem of a spin 1 particle with spin‐orbit coupling and position dependent mass. As an example the geometrical optics limit is discussed and the ray equation is recovered together with the Rytov rotation. Possible other applications are indicated.
- Maxwell equations
- Geometrical optics
- Integral equations
- Integral transforms
- Vector calculus
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