26 February 1982 What Is "Synthesis" And Who Needs A Symposium On It?
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This symposium is a result of the author's observation over the better part of the last decade that workers in each of the fields of optics, electro-optics, acoustics, and electromagnetics have been solving very similar problems with little awareness of what is being done outside their field. Many of the tools and quite a few of the important results have been reinvented independently in each of these fields. There are excellent and fundamental reasons for this. The purpose of this introductory paper is to attempt to convey a bit of philosophy wrapped around some very fundamental Physics about the field of synthesis and its interdisciplinary aspects. This paper presents two basic ideas: 1. Synthesis is a problem that is different and distinct from analysis, and should be treated as such. 2. Most electromagnetic and acoustic synthesis problems ultimately deal with physics that can be expressed mathematically in the same form.
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W. Ross Stone, W. Ross Stone, } "What Is "Synthesis" And Who Needs A Symposium On It?", Proc. SPIE 0294, New Methods for Optical, Quasi-Optical, Acoustic, and Electromagnetic Synthesis, (26 February 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932346; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932346

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