By Arnold Sommerfeld

Arnold Sommerfeld's **Mathematical concept of Diffraction** marks a milestone in optical conception, filled with insights which are nonetheless proper this present day. In a beautiful travel de strength, Sommerfeld derives the 1st mathematically rigorous answer of an optical diffraction challenge. certainly, his diffraction research is an incredibly wealthy and complicated mixture of natural and utilized arithmetic, and his often-cited diffraction resolution is gifted basically as an program of a way more basic set of mathematical effects. The physique of Sommerfeld's paintings is dedicated to the systematic improvement of a style for deriving ideas of the wave equation on Riemann surfaces, a desirable yet might be underappreciated subject in mathematical physics.

This entire translation, reflecting massive scholarship, is the 1st ebook in English of Sommerfeld's unique paintings. The wide notes by means of the translators are wealthy in ancient historical past and supply many technical info for the reader. a close account of the former diffraction analyses of Kirchhoff and Poincaré offers a context for the remarkable originality and tool of Sommerfeld's ideas.

The availability of this translation is an enriching contribution to the group of mathematical and theoretical physicists.

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Un of the values of u "on the overlying points" of the pt, 2n d , . . nth sheets is exactly equal to uo. The overlying points are the following : T, ip; T, cp + 27r; . T, cp + 2(n - 1)7r. The symmetric function is therefore 1 • a da ( 6) Ul + U2 + .. + Un = - . eikr cos 0< Sin - { " 1

ZII through integration in the plane of the z-variable over a closed path that enclosed the points z + P = 0 and z + P = 00. We could have said more simply: the product eill'PUII(kr) results from the power ZII if we use as the integration path not that closed path, but rather a simple curve from the point z + P = 0 to the point z + P = 00. This curve plays for us, according the footnote on page 332, the role of a closed curve, because the terms that appear there in square brackets [ ] vanish for z + P = 0 and z + P = 00.

Un of the values of u "on the overlying points" of the pt, 2n d , . . nth sheets is exactly equal to uo. The overlying points are the following : T, ip; T, cp + 27r; . T, cp + 2(n - 1)7r. The symmetric function is therefore 1 • a da ( 6) Ul + U2 + .. + Un = - . eikr cos 0< Sin - { " 1