Optical Precursors: From Classical Waves to Single Photons by Jiefei ChenOptical Precursors: From Classical Waves to Single Photons by Jiefei Chen

Optical Precursors: From Classical Waves to Single Photons

byJiefei Chen, Heejeong Jeong, Michael Mt Loy

Paperback | July 24, 2013

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Ever since Einstein's special relativity in 1905, the principle of invariant light speed in vacuum has been attracting attention from a wide range of disciplines. How to interpret the principle of light speed? Is light referred to continuous light, or light pulse with definite boundaries? Recent discovery of superluminal medium triggered vigorous discussion within the Physics community. Can communication via such "superluminal channel" break the speed limit and thus violate causality principle? Or, will a single photon, which is not governed by classical laws of Physics, tend to break the speed limit? To solve these problems, this Brief  brings in Optical Precursors, the theoretical works for which started as early as 1914. This is a typical optical phenomenon combining wave propagation theory and light-wave interaction. Both theory and experimental works are covered in this Brief. The study of precursor verifies that the effective information carried by light pulses can never exceed the speed of light in vacuum- c. Further, through observation from nonclassical single photon source, the precursor rules out the probability of a single photon traveling with the speed, breaking the classical limit.
Professor Michael Loy earned both his BSc (1966) and PhD (1971) degrees at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined HKUST in 1993 as Professor of Physics and served as Dean of Science from 1998 to 2004. Before coming to HKUST, Professor Loy worked for more than 20 years at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. He i...
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Title:Optical Precursors: From Classical Waves to Single PhotonsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:79 pagesPublished:July 24, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9814451932

ISBN - 13:9789814451932

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Theory of optical precursors.- Searching for precursors: From microwave to primary optical experiments.- Observation of optical precursors in cold atoms.- Optical precursor of a single photon.- Discussion and outlook.