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An Introduction to Quantum Optics and Quantum Fluctuations

Peter W. Milonni

January 2019

ISBN: 9780199215614

544 pages
Hardback
246x171mm

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Oxford Graduate Texts

Price: £65.00

This is an introduction to the quantum theory of light and its broad implications and applications. The book covers material with direct relevance to current basic and applied research, such as quantum fluctuations and their role in laser physics and the theory of forces between macroscopic bodies. Includes many exercises and historical sidelights.

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This is an introduction to the quantum theory of light and its broad implications and applications. The book covers material with direct relevance to current basic and applied research, such as quantum fluctuations and their role in laser physics and the theory of forces between macroscopic bodies. Includes many exercises and historical sidelights.

  • Approaches quantum optics from a perspective of fundamental physical principles rather than as a handbook of calculational techniques
  • Introductory material on quantum optics is brought up to date with recent examples and applications
  • Brings to the forefront significant material relevant to current basic and applied research
  • Approximately seventy exercises

About the Author(s)

Peter W. Milonni, Laboratory Fellow and Research Professor, Loas Alamos National Laboratory and University of Rochester

Peter W. Milonni is a Laboratory Fellow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Research Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester. He has served on various advisory and editorial boards and as a consultant for several corporations, and received the Optical Society of America's 2008 Max Born Award "for exceptional contributions to the fields of theoretical optics, laser physics and quantum mechanics, and for dissemination of scientific knowledge through authorship of a series of outstanding books."

Table of Contents

    1:Elements of Classical Electrodynamics
    2:Atoms in Light: Semiclassical Theory
    3:Quantum Theory of the Electromagnetic Field
    4:Interaction Hamiltonian and Spontaneous Emission
    5:Atoms and Light: Quantum Theory
    6:Fluctuations, Dissipation, and Noise
    7:Dipole Interactions and Fluctuation-Induced Forces

Reviews

"For the student who requires a broader understanding of quantum optics beyond a first course, this book is a treasure trove that will reward many hours of independent study beyond the introductory course." - Jonathan Blakely, , Contemporary Physics

"Peter Milonnis text is a masterpiece of scholarship and clarity. The wide range of topics covered and the lucidity of the presentation will delight students and experts alike." - Stephen M. Barnett, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow

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