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Question for thoes working in E&M/optics fields

  1. Mar 18, 2009 #1
    For thoes of you in the E&M/optics fields of physics/math/EE what are you standard references and standard subscriptions? For instance every chemical engineer I know including myself has a perrys chemical engineering hand book and is a member of AIChE and possibly has a crane manual and is possibly a member of API or ASME. Towards the end of my college carrer I became very interested in physics and high math and have been looking at edge diffraction theory and anntana theory etc and was just curious what the professional references are for people in this field. I would like to one day go back for a masters and possibly a PhD after I am in a sort of transitional retirement and have made all my money in oil and gas and dont have to worry about things like rent/mortgage, bills etc.
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  3. Mar 18, 2009 #2


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    I use arxiv.org as all my journals including EM.
  4. Mar 18, 2009 #3
    There are many textbooks. Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics by Mandel and Wolf, or Quantum Optics by Scully and Zubairy come to my mind for instance, but that's only one possible interpretation of what your interest might be in. Why are you asking in this forum ?
  5. Mar 19, 2009 #4
    I am slowly building up references and studying the topics I need to start taking some of the 300 and 400 level classes I need in order to do a masters program in optical physics and my particular interest is in lasers but I have a general fascination with E&M and physics. Right now I am focusing on my chemical engineering PE that I sit for this october after that I am planning on taking intermediat E&M and a partial differential equations class, I will have to take classes to maintain my PE anyways. If there is a better place to post this please let me know.
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