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'.
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.
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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