The Quantum Theory of Light

Paperback | September 15, 2000

byRodney Loudon

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This third edition, like its two predecessors, provides a detailed account of the basic theory needed to understand the properties of light and its interactions with atoms, in particular the many nonclassical effects that have now been observed in quantum-optical experiments. The earlierchapters describe the quantum mechanics of various optical processes, leading from the classical representation of the electromagnetic field to the quantum theory of light. The later chapters develop the theoretical descriptions of some of the key experiments in quantum optics. Over half of thematerial in this third edition is new. It includes topics that have come into prominence over the last two decades, such as the beamsplitter theory, squeezed light, two-photon interference, balanced homodyne detection, travelling-wave attenuation and amplification, quantum jumps, and the ranges ofnonliner optical processes important in the generation of nonclassical light. The book is written as a textbook, with the treatment as a whole appropriate for graduate or postgraduate students, while earlier chapters are also suitable for final- year undergraduates. Over 100 problems help tointensify the understanding of the material presented.

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This third edition, like its two predecessors, provides a detailed account of the basic theory needed to understand the properties of light and its interactions with atoms, in particular the many nonclassical effects that have now been observed in quantum-optical experiments. The earlierchapters describe the quantum mechanics of vario...

Rodney Loudon, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, University of Essex

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198501765

ISBN - 13:9780198501763

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Preface1. Planck's radiation law and the Einstein coefficients2. Quantum mechanics of the atom-radiation interaction3. Classical theory of optical fluctuations and coherence4. Quantization of the radiation field5. Single-mode quantum optics6. Multimode and continuous-mode quantum optics7. Optical generation, attenuation and amplification8. Resonance fluorescence and light scattering9. Nonlinear quantum opticsIndex