Introduction to Quantum Optics

Introduction to Quantum Optics : From the Semi-classical Approach to Quantized Light

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Covering a number of important subjects in quantum optics, this textbook is an excellent introduction for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, familiarizing readers with the basic concepts and formalism as well as the most recent advances. The first part of the textbook covers the semi-classical approach where matter is quantized, but light is not. It describes significant phenomena in quantum optics, including the principles of lasers. The second part is devoted to the full quantum description of light and its interaction with matter, covering topics such as spontaneous emission, and classical and non-classical states of light. An overview of photon entanglement and applications to quantum information is also given. In the third part, non-linear optics and laser cooling of atoms are presented, where using both approaches allows for a comprehensive description. Each chapter describes basic concepts in detail, and more specific concepts and phenomena are presented in 'complements'.
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  • Paperback
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 75 Halftones, black and white; 145 Line drawings, black and white
  • 0521559146
  • 9780521559140

Table of contents

Part I. Semi-Classical Description of Matter-Light Interaction: 1. The evolution of interacting quantum systems; 2. The semi-classical approach: atoms interacting with a classical electromagnetic field; 3. Principles of lasers; Part II. Quantum Description of Light and its Interaction with Matter: 4. Quantisation of free radiation; 5. Free quantum radiation; 6. Interaction of an atom with the quantised electromagnetic field; Part III. Applying Both Approaches: 7. Non-linear optics: from the semi-classical approach to quantum effects; 8. Laser manipulation of atoms: from incoherent atom optics to atom lasers; References; Index.
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'The advantage of this book is to give both [the semi-classical and the full quantum] approaches, starting with the first, illustrated by several simple examples, and introducing progressively the second, clearly showing why it is essential for understanding certain phenomena ... I believe that this challenge to present and to illustrate both approaches in a single book has been taken up successfully ... I have the highest admiration for [the authors'] enthusiasm, their scientific rigor, their ability to give simple and precise physical explanations, and their quest to illuminate clearly the difficult points of the subject without oversimplification.' Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, from the Foreword '... genuinely very impressive ... every section has been lovingly crafted, the text is beautifully constructed and the theory explained more comprehensibly than almost any other text I could name. Each section is graced by numerous insightful ... comments from the authors, giving the reader the impression of guidance by the hand of a teacher you can utterly trust. For a start, this book has possibly the finest, clearest and most extensive introduction to perturbative transitions I have seen ... I am certain that this beautifully produced and written book, with an apparently faultless production, is destined to be a classic.' Professor David L. Andrews, University of East Anglia "The advantage of this book is to give both [the semi-classical and the full quantum] approaches, starting with the first, illustrated by several simple examples, and introducing progressively the second, clearly showing why it is essential for understanding certain phenomena ... I believe that this challenge to present and to illustrate both approaches in a single book has been taken up successfully ... I have the highest admiration for [the authors'] enthusiasm, their scientific rigor, their ability to give simple and precise physical explanations, and their quest to illuminate clearly the difficult points of the subject without oversimplification."
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, from the Foreword "In this long-awaited and genuinely very impressive book, developed from an earlier Introduction aux Lasers et a l'Optique Quantique, and completed in recent years following the death of Gilbert Grynberg, these two semiclassical and quantum optical forms of theory are comprehensively surveyed; their applications are detailed and analysed, and their relative strengths made clear without prejudice to either side. It is a splendid achievement, as befits its authoritative authorship, a masterpiece that I have nothing but admiration for. Every section has been lovingly crafted, the text is beautifully constructed and the theory explained more comprehensibly than almost any other text I could name. Each section is graced by numerous insightful and comments from the authors, giving the reader the impression of guidance by the hand of a teacher you can utterly trust. I am certain that this beautifully produced and written book, with an apparently faultless production, is destined to be a classic. It doesn't need my recommendation, but I give it gladly and whole-heartedly."
David Andrews, Contemporary Physics
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About Gilbert Grynberg

Gilbert Grynberg was a CNRS Senior Scientist at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, and a Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique. He was a pioneer in many domains, including atomic spectroscopy, nonlinear optics and laser cooled atoms in optical lattices. Alain Aspect is a CNRS Senior Scientist and Professor at the Institut d'Optique and the Ecole Polytechnique. A pioneer of the field of quantum entanglement, his research covers quantum optics, laser cooling of atoms, atom optics, Bose-Einstein condensates and atom lasers, and quantum atom optics. Claude Fabre is a Professor in the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His fields of research are quantum optics, atomic and laser physics, both experimentally and theoretically.
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