Quantum Optics: An Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Apr 28, 2006 - Science - 396 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
3
Quantum mechanics
26
Radiative transitions in atoms
48
Photons
73
Photon antibunching
105
Coherent states and squeezed light
126
Photon number states
151
Atomphoton interactions
165
Quantum computing
264
Entangled states and quantum teleportation
296
Appendices
321
The density of states
330
E Nuclear magnetic resonance
339
F BoseEinstein condensation
346
Solutions and hints to the exercises
352
Bibliography
360

Atoms in cavities
194
Cold atoms
216
Quantum information processing
241

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