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Electromagnetic and Optical Pulse Propagation 1

Spectral Representations in Temporally Dispersive Media


  • Rigorous development of the classical microscopic Maxwell-Lorentz theory

  • Detailed development of the dipole radiation field from the Liénard-Wiechert potentials

  • Correlation of the microscopic and macroscopic electromagnetic fields in linear media

  • Detailed description of causal, physical models describing material dispersion

  • Angular spectrum representation of pulsed radiation fields in linear, temporally dispersive media


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 125)

About this book


Electromagnetic & Optical Pulse Propagation presents a systematic treatment of the radiation and propagation of transient electromagnetic and optical wave fields (such as those used in ultrawideband radar and communications sysyems as well as in ultrashort pulsed optics) through causal, locally linear media which exhibit both temporal dispersion and absorption. Volume I presents a detailed, rigorous development of the fundamental theory of both time and frequency-domain electromagnetics, beginning with the classical Maxwell-Lorentz theory of microscopic electromagnetic fields and ist invariance in the special theory of relativity, the correlation of the microscopic and macroscopic fields, and the angular spectrum representation of pulsed radiation fields in causally dispersive media. The theory provides a rigorous framework for applied research treating temporally pulsed wave fields in dielectric, conducting and semiconducting materials. Volume II presents the asymptotic description of specific pulsed wave fields in both Debye and Lorentz model dielectrics, Drude model conductors and composite model semiconductors.


Dispersion Potential electromagnetic wave time-domain electromagnetics time-domain optics ultrashort pulses

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.College of Engineering & MathematicsUniversity of VermontBurlington

About the authors

Kurt Oughstun is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science in the College of Engineering & Mathematics at the University of Vermont where he was University Scholar in the Basic and Applied Sciences. A graduate of The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, he is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a member of the European Optical Society and a member of the United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science. His research centers on electromagnetic and optical wave theory, asymptotic methods of analysis, and computational techniques. He has published extensively on his research in these areas in such journals as the Journal of the Optical Society of America A & B, Journal of the European Optical Society A, Physical Review A & E, Physical Review Letters, IEEE Proceedings, and Radio Science.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Electromagnetic and Optical Pulse Propagation 1
  • Book Subtitle Spectral Representations in Temporally Dispersive Media
  • Authors Kurt E. Oughstun
  • Series Title Springer Series in Optical Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-34599-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2238-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-34730-1
  • Series ISSN 0342-4111
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 458
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Classical Electrodynamics
    Microwaves, RF and Optical Engineering
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"These volumes are a veritable tour de force of optics writing. The topic they cover is one of immense importance, and the treatment it is accorded by this single author is both rigorous and comprehensive. The author's dedication in marshalling more than 1,200 pages of material is to be lauded. The work is a graduate-level text, and its contents will meet the requirements of a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers who require access to the methodologies underpinning pulse propagation. Both volumes include exercises that should ensure that the reader can test their understanding of the material presented. One minor difference between the volumes is the use of different paper finish for the production: acid-free matte for volume 1 and glossy for volume 2. No obvious reason accounts for this distinciton. There is the isolated misprint in the books, but overall the quality of production and presentation is very high. Having a mathematical pedigree, this reviewer was particularly drawn to the expositions of asymptotic approximations presented in volume 2, where potentially challenging techniques are carefully derived and illustrated with well-chosen figures. The wise use of dedicated chapters and sections to highlight particular approaches is strongly conducive to learning the chosen techniques. However, these volumes do not present mathematical abstractions of electromagnetic theory. The work is firmly rooted in physical understanding and ultimately directed at real-world applications. It can be confidently expected that those who have the opportunity to benefit from the industry of the books' author will be able to contribute significantly to current and emerging applications of pulse propagation." (K. Alan Shore, OPN Optics & Photonics News, June, 2010)