Revised and updated, this second edition first explains heuristically the physics of acousto-optics before presenting the mathematics of the formal theory. The material is integrated to illustrate and promote the development of new ideas, concepts, theories, inventions and devices. The text also offers sections on the Near-Bragg regime and curved sound wave fronts, coverage of the numerical approach, selected applications, coverage of anisotropic Bragg diffraction, and material on spectral formalisms.
"Praise for the first edition . . .unif[ies] the mathematical and physical interpretations of the theory of acousto-optics in one volume. It presents the beginner with the fundamentals and provides an excellent bibliography of the literature for further research. For the more experienced, it would be a convenient review and provides a valuable desktop reference for everyday use. "
Historical background; the heuristic approach; the formal approach; the numerical approach; selected applications; related fields and materials; special topics. Appendices: summary of research and design formulas; the stationary phase method.