optics

**physics**, mathematical physics, philosophy of physics
## Surveys, textbooks and lecture notes
* _(higher) category theory and physics_
* _geometry of physics_
* books and reviews, physics resources
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theory (physics), model (physics)
experiment, measurement, computable physics
* **mechanics**
* mass, charge, momentum, angular momentum, moment of inertia
* dynamics on Lie groups
* rigid body dynamics
* field (physics)
* Lagrangian mechanics
* configuration space, state
* action functional, Lagrangian
* covariant phase space, Euler-Lagrange equations
* Hamiltonian mechanics
* phase space
* symplectic geometry
* Poisson manifold
* symplectic manifold
* symplectic groupoid
* multisymplectic geometry
* n-symplectic manifold
* spacetime
* smooth Lorentzian manifold
* special relativity
* general relativity
* gravity
* supergravity, dilaton gravity
* black hole
* **Classical field theory**
* classical physics
* classical mechanics
* waves and optics
* thermodynamics
* **Quantum Mechanics**
* in terms of ∞-compact categories
* quantum information
* Hamiltonian operator
* density matrix
* Kochen-Specker theorem
* Bell's theorem
* Gleason's theorem
* **Quantization**
* geometric quantization
* deformation quantization
* path integral quantization
* semiclassical approximation
* **Quantum Field Theory**
* Axiomatizations
* algebraic QFT
* Wightman axioms
* Haag-Kastler axioms
* operator algebra
* local net
* conformal net
* Reeh-Schlieder theorem
* Osterwalder-Schrader theorem
* PCT theorem
* Bisognano-Wichmann theorem
* modular theory
* spin-statistics theorem
* boson, fermion
* functorial QFT
* cobordism
* (∞,n)-category of cobordisms
* cobordism hypothesis-theorem
* extended topological quantum field theory
* Tools
* perturbative quantum field theory, vacuum
* effective quantum field theory
* renormalization
* BV-BRST formalism
* geometric ∞-function theory
* particle physics
* phenomenology
* models
* standard model of particle physics
* fields and quanta
* Grand Unified Theories, MSSM
* scattering amplitude
* on-shell recursion, KLT relations
* Structural phenomena
* universality class
* quantum anomaly
* Green-Schwarz mechanism
* instanton
* spontaneously broken symmetry
* Kaluza-Klein mechanism
* integrable systems
* holonomic quantum fields
* Types of quantum field thories
* TQFT
* 2d TQFT
* Dijkgraaf-Witten theory
* Chern-Simons theory
* TCFT
* A-model, B-model
* homological mirror symmetry
* QFT with defects
* conformal field theory
* (1,1)-dimensional Euclidean field theories and K-theory
* (2,1)-dimensional Euclidean field theory and elliptic cohomology
* CFT
* WZW model
* 6d (2,0)-supersymmetric QFT
* gauge theory
* field strength
* gauge group, gauge transformation, gauge fixing
* examples
* electromagnetic field, QED
* electric charge
* magnetic charge
* Yang-Mills field, QCD
* Yang-Mills theory
* spinors in Yang-Mills theory
* topological Yang-Mills theory
* Kalb-Ramond field
* supergravity C-field
* RR field
* first-order formulation of gravity
* general covariance
* supergravity
* D'Auria-Fre formulation of supergravity
* gravity as a BF-theory
* sigma-model
* particle, relativistic particle, fundamental particle, spinning particle, superparticle
* string, spinning string, superstring
* membrane
* AKSZ theory
* String Theory
* string theory results applied elsewhere
* number theory and physics
* Riemann hypothesis and physics

**Optics** studies light. **Light** is an electromagnetic phenomenon and it corresponds to the special solutions of the Maxwell equations for the electromagnetic field. Of course, specific methods and applications pertain to optics, which are not used that much in the rest of electromagnetism.

Light has both corpuscular and wave nature. Corpuscular nature is represented by quanta of electromagnetic field, photons.

For applications but also fundamental theoretical consideration there is an important approximation of geometrical optics.

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