Overview

This book provides an elementary introduction to the subject of quantum optics, the study of the quantum mechanical nature of light and its interaction with matter. The presentation is almost entirely concerned with the quantized electromagnetic field. Topics covered include single-mode field quantization in a cavity, quantization of multimode fields, quantum phase, coherent states, quasi-probability distribution in phase space, atom-field interactions, the Jaynes-Cummings model, quantum coherence theory, beam ...
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Introductory Quantum Optics

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Overview

This book provides an elementary introduction to the subject of quantum optics, the study of the quantum mechanical nature of light and its interaction with matter. The presentation is almost entirely concerned with the quantized electromagnetic field. Topics covered include single-mode field quantization in a cavity, quantization of multimode fields, quantum phase, coherent states, quasi-probability distribution in phase space, atom-field interactions, the Jaynes-Cummings model, quantum coherence theory, beam splitters and interferometers, dissipative interactions, nonclassical field states with squeezing etc., 'Schrödinger cat' states, tests of local realism with entangled photons from down-conversion, experimental realizations of cavity quantum electrodynamics, trapped ions, decoherence, and some applications to quantum information processing, particularly quantum cryptography. The book contains many homework problems and an extensive bibliography. This text is designed for upper-level undergraduates taking courses in quantum optics who have already taken a course in quantum mechanics, and for first and second year graduate students.
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'... the book is well argued throughout and subject applications are explained beautifully.' Times Higher Education Supplement
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  • ISBN-13: 9781139814058
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 20 MB
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Field quantization 10
3 Coherent states 43
4 Emission and absorption of radiation by atoms 74
5 Quantum coherence functions 115
6 Beam splitters and interferometers 135
7 Nonclassical light 150
8 Dissipative interactions and decoherence 195
9 Optical test of quantum mechanics 213
10 Experiments in cavity QED and with trapped ions 238
11 Applications of entanglement : Heisenberg-limited interferometry and quantum information processing 263
App. A The density operator, entangled states, the Schmidt decomposition, and the von Neumann entropy 294
App. B Quantum measurement theory in a (very small) nutshell 304
App. C Derivation of the effective Hamiltonian for dispersive (far off-resonant) interactions 308
App. D Nonlinear optics and spontaneous parametric down-conversion 312
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