Exploring the Quantum: Atoms, Cavities, and Photons

Paperback | May 2, 2013

bySerge Haroche, Jean-Michel Raimond

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The counter-intuitive aspects of quantum physics have been long illustrated by thought experiments, from Einstein's photon box to Schrodinger's cat. These experiments have now become real, with single particles - electrons, atoms, or photons - directly unveiling the strange features of thequantum. State superpositions, entanglement and complementarity define a novel quantum logic which can be harnessed for information processing, raising great hopes for applications. This book describes a class of such thought experiments made real. Juggling with atoms and photons confined in cavities, ions or cold atoms in traps, is here an incentive to shed a new light on the basic concepts of quantum physics. Measurement processes and decoherence at the quantum-classicalboundary are highlighted. This volume, which combines theory and experiments, will be of interest to students in quantum physics, teachers seeking illustrations for their lectures and new problem sets, researchers in quantum optics and quantum information.

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The counter-intuitive aspects of quantum physics have been long illustrated by thought experiments, from Einstein's photon box to Schrodinger's cat. These experiments have now become real, with single particles - electrons, atoms, or photons - directly unveiling the strange features of thequantum. State superpositions, entanglement and...

Serge Haroche is Professor at College de France (Chaire de Physique Quantique) since 2001, member of the French Academy of Sciences since 1993, Professor at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (1975-2000) and at Ecole Normale Superieure (1984-2000). He was Maitre de Conference at Ecole Polytechnique (1975-1984), Professor (part time) at ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:616 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:May 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199680310

ISBN - 13:9780199680313

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Table of Contents

1. Unveiling the quantum2. Strangeness and power of the quantum3. Of spins and springs4. The environment is watching5. Photons in a box6. Seeing light in subtle ways7. Taming Schrodinger's cats8. Atoms in a box9. Entangling matter waves10. ConclusionAppendix: Quantum states in phase space

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"This is a wonderfully well-informed book. The authors tackle a difficult subject with beautiful clarity, and elegance. It should be required reading for anyone who wishes to explore the quantum wonders of Nature." --A. Ekert, University of Cambridge