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Singularities in Physics and Engineering

This book aims to introduce the rapidly expanding field of singular optics, notably phase and polarization singularities. Throughout the book, Senthilkumaran presents an explanation of structured optical fields with localized and extended singularities and discusses vortices which carry angular momentum at a level that requires minimal mathematics and numerical modeling techniques.

Experimenters working in holography, interferometry, metrology, diffractive optics and polarization optics will all benefit from the broad perspective given on this subject and the numerous illustrations. This book targets readers who know physics but aren’t familiar with optical phase singularities and want a thorough introduction to the topic.

Review by Christian Brosseau, Optica Fellow and professor of physics, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France.

The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or its publisher, Optica.

Publish Date: 29 February 2024

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