Emil Wolf

Wilson Professor of Optical Physics
Telephone: (716) 275-4397

Professor Wolf received a Ph.D. degree from Bristol University (England) in 1948 and a D.Sc. degree from Edinburgh University (Scotland) in 1955. He is presently the Wilson Professor of Optical Physics and Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester.

Professor Wolf's main researches are in physical optics, particularly in studies of coherence properties of optical fields, spectroscopy of partially coherent radiation, diffraction and the theory of direct and inverse scattering. He is the co-author, with Nobel Laureate Max Born, of a well-known book, Principles of Optics, first published in 1959 and now in its sixth edition. He is also the co-author, with Leonard Mandel, of Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics, published in 1995. Professor Wolf has been the Editor of an ongoing series Progress in Optics since its inception in 1961. Forty-five volumes have now been published, the first one in 1961.

Professor Wolf is the recipient of numerous awards for his scientific contributions and is an honorary member of the Optical Society of America, of which he was the President in 1978. He is also an honorary member of the Optical Societies of India and Australia and is the recipient of seven honorary degrees from Universities in the Netherlands, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and in Canada.

Current Research

Our investigations are concerned with the theory of inverse scattering, especially diffraction tomography involving random media, with generalized holography for storage and retrieval of correlation functions of partially coherent fields and with spectroscopy with sources of arbitrary states of spatial coherence. We are also investigating the effects of source correlations and of static and dynamic scattering on spectra of radiated and scattered fields and we are examining the possibility of determining struture functions of random distribution of particles from spectral changes introduced by the scattering process.

Recent Publications

E. Wolf, "Correlation-induced Spectral Changes", in Proceedings of the Sixteenth Symposium on Energy Engineering Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, CONF-980051, 8-15 (1998).

 A. Dogariu and E. Wolf, "Spectral Changes Produced by Static Scattering of Polychromatic Light on Random Distribution of Particles", Trends in Optics and Photonics 22 (Biomedical Optical Spectroscopy and Diagnostic Therapeutic Laser Applications), 26-29 (1998).

 A. Dogariu and E. Wolf, "Spectral Changes Produced by Static Scattering on a System of Particles", Opt. Lett. 23, 1340-1342 (1998).

 P. Scott Carney and E. Wolf, "An Energy Theorem for Scattering of Partially Coherent Beams", Opt. Commun. 155, 1-6 (1998).

 E. Wolf and J.T. Foley, "Do Evanescent Waves Conribute to the Far Field ?", Opt. Letts. 23, 16-18 (1998).

 M. Berry, J.T. Foley, G. Gbur and E. Wolf, "Non-propagating String Excitations", Amer. J. Phys. 66, 121-123 (1998).

 T. Shirai, E. Wolf, H. Chen and W. Wang, "Coherence Filters and Their Uses Part II: One-dimensional Realizations", J. Mod. Opt. 45, 799-816 (1998).

 E. Wolf, "The Redshift Controversy and Correlation-induced Spectral Changes", in Waves, Information and Foundations of Physics (Italian Physical Society, Bologna, Italy), R. Pratesi and L. Ronchi, eds., Conference Proceedings vol. 60 (1998), 41-49.

 D.F.V. James and E. Wolf, "Determination of the Degree of Coherence of Light from Spectroscopic Measurements", Opt. Lett. 145, 1-4 (1998).

 G. Gbur and E. Wolf, "Sources of Arbitrary State of Coherence which Generate Completely Coherent Fields Outside the Source", Opt. Lett. 22, 943-945 (1997).

 A.J. Devaney, A.T. Friberg, A. Kumar and E. Wolf, "Decrease in Spatial Coherence of Light Propagating in Free Space", Opt. Lett. 22, 1672-1673 (1997).

 P. Scott Carney, E. Wolf and G.S. Agarwal, "Statistical Generalizations of the Optical Cross-section Theorem with Application to Inverse Scattering", J. Opt. Soc. Amer. A 14, 3366-3371 (1997).

 E. Wolf, "Far-zone Spectral Isotropy in Weak Scattering on Spatially Random Media", J. Opt. Soc. Amer. A 14, 2820-2823 (1997).

 E. Wolf, T. Shirai, H. Chen and W. Wang, "Coherence Filters and their Uses Part I: Basic Theory and Examples", J. Mod. Opt. 44, 1345-1353 (1997).

 E. Wolf and D.F.V. James, "A New Technique for Remote Sensing", Optics & Photonics News 7, 38 (1996).

 E. Wolf, "Coherence Theory in Historical Perspective", in Jemná Mechanika a Optika, issue 11-12, 328-329 (1996) [Fine Mechanics and Optics, published in Czech by the Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences].

 T. Visser and E. Wolf, "Scattering in the Presence of Field Discontinuities at Boudaries", Phys. Lett. A 234, 1-4 (1997).

 D.F.V. James and E. Wolf, "Cross-spectrally Pure Light and the Spectral Modulation Law", Opt. Commun. 138, 257-261 (1997).

 D.G. Fischer and E. Wolf, "Theory of Diffraction Tomography for Quasi-homogeneous random Objects", Opt. Commun. 133 17-21 (1997).

 T. Habashy, A. T. Friberg and E. Wolf, "Application of the Coherent-Mode Representation to a Class of Inverse Source Problems", Inverse Problems 13, 47-61 (1997).

 G.S. Agarwal and E. Wolf, "Correlation-induced Spectral Changes and Energy Conservation", Phys. Rev. A 54, 4424-4427 (1996).

 E. Wolf, "Nonimaging Optics and Quasihomogeneous Sources", Optics & Photonics News (Letter to the Editor), May 1996.

 E. Wolf and D.F.V. James, "Correlation-induced Spectral Changes", Rep. Prog. Phys. 59 (IOP Publishing, Bristol and London), 771-818 (1996).

 E. Wolf, "Principles and Development of Diffraction Tomography", Trends in Optics, Research, Developments and Applications, A. Consortini, ed. (Academic Press, San Diego, California, 1996), 83-110.

 E. Wolf, "Coherence, Interference and Spectra", from Proceedings of the Seventh Rochester Conference on Quantum Optics, J. Eberly, L. Mandel and E. Wolf, eds. (Plenum Press, New York, 1996), 259-264.

 W. Wang, A. Friberg and E. Wolf, "Focusing of Partially Coherent Light in Systems of Large Fresnel Numbers", J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 14, 491-496 (1997).

 W. Wang, A. Friberg and E. Wolf, "Focusing of Partially Coherent Light", from Proceedings of the Seventh Rochester Conference on Quantum Optics, J. Eberly, L. Mandel and E. Wolf, eds. (Plenum Press, New York, 1996, 695.

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