A History of Interferometry and the Scientists Who Tamed Light
Oxford University Press (Coming Soon in 2023)
1. Thomas Young Polymath
The Law of Interference
2. The Fresnel Connection
Particles versus Waves
3. At Light Speed
The Birth of Interferometry
4. After the Gold Rush
The Trials of Albert Michelson
5. Stellar Interference
Measuring the Stars
6. Across the Universe
Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and the Search for Exoplanets
7. Two Faces of Microscopy
Diffraction and Interference
8. Holographic Dreams of Princess Leia
9. Photon Interference
The Beginnings of Quantum Communication
10. The Quantum Advantage
About the Book:
Interference: A History of Interferometry and the Scientists who Tamed Light explores the history and science of optical interference. From the colors of soap bubbles to the detection of gravity waves at LIGO, from holographic displays to the optical encryption of quantum information—interference resides inside a bewilderingly broad range of phenomena in physics.
Interference tells how superposition and interference helped shape modern physics. The chapters alternate between historical perspectives and explanations of physical principles. The chapters introduce and explain the history and physics of atom optics, stellar interferometers, gravitational wave detectors, projection holograms, and the search for exoplanets, among others.
The last decade has seen several unique interferometric milestones: 1) the first exoplanet detection using interferometric telescopes, 2) the first image of a black hole using long-baseline interferometry, 3) the first detection of gravitational waves, and 4) the first demonstration of quantum computational advantage. This list of achievements in such a short time points to the fertile and active field of interferometric science for which this book will provide a convenient and up-to-date guide for a wide audience.