Synopses & Reviews
Quantum optics has witnessed significant theoretical and experimental developments in recent years. This book provides an in-depth and wide-ranging introduction to the subject, emphasizing throughout the basic principles and their applications. The book begins by developing the basic tools of quantum optics, and goes on to show the application of these tools in a variety of quantum optical systems, including lasing without inversion, squeezed states, and atom optics. The final four chapters discuss quantum optical tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics, and particular aspects of measurement theory. Assuming only a background of standard quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory, and containing many problems and references, this book will be invaluable to graduate students of quantum optics, as well as to researchers in this field.
Review
'\"The authors are two well-known and highly respected researchers whose contributions to the field span almost its entire duration from its emergence as a sub-discipline in the 1960s to the present. The book reflects this first-hand knowledge....The strength of the book lies in providing a clear set of physical pictures for quantum optical phenomena from squeezed states to quantum erasers...Each chapter begins with a brief, to-the-point introduction, indicating the physics to be covered and providing a simple physical model, often with associated pedestrian mathematics, that serves to explain the major issues. It is an appealing and successful strategy...Overall, the book is a remarkably readable introduction to the subject from a pedestrian to an advanced level, and even those well-versed in the material will find insightful summaries of the authors\' own contributions to the literature.\" American Journal of Physics\"...Quantum Optics is very impressive and arguably the best book available for the reader who wants to get the leading edges of the field in the least amount of time.\" Physics Today'
Synopsis
An in-depth and wide-ranging introduction to the field of quantum optics.
Synopsis
The fascinating field of quantum optics has witnessed significant theoretical and experimental developments in recent years. This book provides an in-depth and wide-ranging introduction to the subject, emphasising throughout the basic principles and their applications. Assuming only a background of standard quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory, and containing many problems and references, this book will be invaluable to graduate students of quantum optics, as well as to researchers in this field.
Synopsis
The fascinating field of quantum optics has witnessed many significant theoretical and experimental developments in recent years. This book provides an in-depth and wide-ranging introduction to the subject, emphasising throughout the basic principles and their applications.
Table of Contents
1. Quantum theory of radiation; 2. Coherent and squeezed states of the radiation field; 3. Incoherent states of the radiation field; 4. Field-field and photon-photon correlation interferometry; 5. Atom-field interaction - semiclassical theory; 6. Atom-field interaction - quantum theory; 7. Lasing without inversion and other effects of atomic coherence and interference; 8. Quantum theory of damping - density operator and wave function approach; 9. Quantum theory of damping - Heisenberg-Langevin approach; 10. Resonance fluorescence; 11. Quantum theory of laser - density operator approach; 12. Quantum theory of laser - Heisenberg-Langevin approach; 13. Theory of the micromaser; 14. Correlated emission laser: concept, theory and analysis; 15. Phase sensitivity in quantum optical systems: applications; 16. Squeezing via non-linear optical processes; 17. Atom optics; 18. The EPR paradox, hidden variables and Bell's Theorem; 19. Quantum non-demolition measurements; 20. Quantum optical tests of complementarity; 21. Two-photon interferometry and the quantum measurement problem.