Topology in Optics: Tying Light In Knots

In this book (its second edition), the focus is on topology in classical and quantum optics. Within this context, the author succeeds in presenting the necessary mathematical background needed to understand these developments, with practical examples that will be useful to those working on diverse phenomena such as Pancharatnam–Berry phases, optical vortices and solitons, and optical simulations of solid-state topological phenomena.

The target audience for this text is advanced undergraduates in mathematics, physics, and related areas, but anyone concerned with structured light will profit from reading the book.

Review by Christian Brosseau, OSA Fellow and professor of physics, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or OSA.

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