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Optics and Hamilton

  1. Sep 23, 2015 #1
    Alright I was browsing through feynman's lectures VOL.1
    When I came across Hamiltonian Optics
    I am not quite able to understand it in its entirety
    Could someone explain the basics of hamiltonian optics to me
    Help would be much appreciated !!
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2015 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    Application of Hamilton's principle to (geometric) optics shows the close analogy between paths of light rays and paths of moving particles; they both minimize the action. That's really about it.
     
  4. Sep 24, 2015 #3
    You mean there really isn't anything else
    No gross approximations and suchlike??
     
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