A Guide to Experiments in Quantum Optics

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Wiley, Mar 12, 2004 - Science - 434 pages
This revised and broadened second edition provides readers with an insight into this fascinating world and future technology in quantum optics. Alongside classical and quantum-mechanical models, the authors focus on important and current experimental techniques in quantum optics to provide an understanding of light, photons and laserbeams. In a comprehensible and lucid style, the book conveys the theoretical background indispensable for an understanding of actual experiments using photons. It covers basic modern optical components and procedures in detail, leading to experiments such as the generation of squeezed and entangled laserbeams, the test and applications of the quantum properties of single photons, and the use of light for quantum information experiments.

From the contents: Classical models of light Photons - the motivation to go beyond classical optics Quantum models of light Basic optical components Lasers and amplifiers Photodetection techniques Quantum noise: basic measurements and techniques Squeezing Experiments Applications of squeezed light QND Fundamental tests of quantum mechanics Quantum information

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About the author (2004)

Hans-A. Bachor received his degrees in physics from the Universitat Hannover, Germany. Since 1981 he has worked and taught at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia where he is now Professor and Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence in Quantum-Atom Optics. The focus of his work are experiments with nonclassical light.

Timothy C. Ralph graduated from Macquarie University, Australia and received his PhD from the Australian National University. He is presently Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is also scientific manager for the Queensland node of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology. The focus of his work is quantum information in optics.

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