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Rays, Waves, and Scattering: Topics in Classical Mathematical Physics

John A. Adam


This book presents many of the mathematical concepts, structures, and techniques used in the study of rays, waves, and scattering. It includes discussions of how ocean waves are refracted around islands and underwater ridges, how seismic waves are refracted in the earth's interior, how atmospheric waves are scattered by mountains and ridges, how the scattering of light waves produces the blue sky, and meteorological phenomena such as rainbows and coronas. This book is a valuable resource for practitioners, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in applied mathematics, theoretical physi ... More

Keywords: rays, ocean waves, scattering, seismic waves, atmospheric waves, light waves, applied mathematics, rainbow, Ptolemy's theorem, Airy integral

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691148373
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John A. Adam, author
Old Dominion University

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Part I Rays

Part II Waves

Part III Classical Scattering

Part IV Semiclassical Scattering

Part V Special Topics in Scattering Theory