Quantum Optics: An Introduction

Quantum Optics: An Introduction

Paperback Oxford Master Series in Physics

By (author) Mark Fox


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 242mm x 22mm | 898g
  • Publication date: 22 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198566735
  • ISBN 13: 9780198566731
  • Illustrations note: 175 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 333,995

Product description

Most previous texts on quantum optics have been written primarily for the graduate student market at PhD level and above. Quantum optics: an introduction aims to introduce a wide range of topics at a lower level suitable for advanced undergraduate and Masters level students in physics. The text is divided into four main parts, covering modern topics in both pure and applied quantum optics: I. Introduction and background material. II. Photons. III. Atom-photon interactions. IV. Quantum information processing. The emphasis of the subject development is on intuitive physical understanding rather than mathematical arguments, although many derivations are included where appropriate. The text includes numerous illustrations, with a particular emphasis on the experimental observations of quantum optical phenomena. Each chapter includes worked examples, together with 10-15 exercises with solutions. Six appendices are included to supplement the main subject material.

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Author information

Dr A M Fox is Reader in Physics, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH, UK.

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'Fox has done a remarkable job at picking the key topics from a broad field. A genuinely interesting experiment in undergraduate education could be put together on the basis of Fox's textbook.' Physics Today, September 2007 This is a modern text on quantum optics for advanced undergraduate students. It provides explanations based primarily on intuitive physical understanding, rather than mathematical derivations. The book also includes worked examples and exercises. CERN Courier

Table of contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Classical optics ; 3. Quantum mechanics ; 4. Radiative transitions in atoms ; PART II: PHOTONS ; 5. Photon statistics ; 6. Photon antibunching ; 7. Coherent states and squeezed light ; 8. Photon number states ; PART III: ATOM-PHOTON INTERACTIONS ; 9. Resonant light-atom interactions ; 10. Atoms in cavities ; 11. Cold atoms ; PART IV: QUANTUM INFORMATION PROCESSING ; 12. Quantum cryptography ; 13. Quantum computing ; 14. Entangled states and quantum teleportation ; APPENDICES ; A. Poisson statistics ; B. Parametric amplification ; C. The density of states ; D. Low dimensional semiconductor structures ; E. Nuclear magnetic resonance ; F. Bose-Einstein condensation