Authored by a highly regarded international researcher and pioneer in the field, An Introduction to Quantum Optics: Photon and Biphoton Physics is a straightforward overview of basic principles and experimental evidence for the quantum theory of light. This book introduces and analyzes some of the most exciting experimental research to date in the field of quantum optics and quantum information, helping readers understand the revolutionary changes occurring in optical science.
Paints a picture of light in terms of general quantum interference, to reflect the physical truth behind all optical observations
Unlike most traditional books on the subject, this one introduces fundamental classical and quantum concepts and measurement techniques naturally and gradually as it explores the process of analyzing typical experimental observations. Separating itself from other books with this uncommon focus on the experimental part of analysis, this volume:
Provides a general overview of the optical coherence of light without quantization
Introduces concepts and tools of field quantization and quantum optics based on the principles and rules of quantum mechanics
Analyzes similarities and differences between classical and quantum coherence
Concentrates on key research topics in quantum optics
Explains photon and biphoton physics by examining the devices and experimental procedures used to test theories
This book is basic enough for students, but it also covers a broad range of higher-level concepts that will benefit scientists and other professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of practical and theoretical aspects and new experimental methods of measurement. This material summarizes exciting developments and observations and then helps readers of all levels apply presented concepts and tools to summarize, analyze, and resolve quantum optical problems in their own work. It is a great aid to improve methods of discovering new physics and better understand and apply nontraditional concepts and interpretations in both new and historical experimental discoveries.
University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA King's College, London, UK
Electromagnetic Wave Theory and Measurement of Light Electromagnetic Wave Theory of Light Classical Superposition Measurement of Light Intensity of Light: Expectation and Fluctuation Measurement of Intensity: Ensemble Average and Time Average Coherence Property of Light-The State of the Radiation Coherence Property of Light Temporal Coherence Spatial Coherence Diffraction and Propagation Diffraction Field Propagation Optical Imaging A Classic Imaging System Fourier Transform via a Lens First-Order Coherence of Light First-Order Temporal Coherence First-Order Spatial Coherence Second-Order Coherence of Light Second-Order Coherence of Coherent Light Second-Order Correlation of Chaotic-Thermal Radiation and the HBT Interferometer The Physical Cause of the HBT Phenomenon Near-Field Second-Order Spatial Coherence of Thermal Light Nth-Order Coherence of Light Nth-Order Near-Field Spatial Coherence of Thermal Light Homodyne Detection and Heterodyne Detection of Light Optical Homodyne and Heterodyne Detection Balanced Homodyne and Heterodyne Detection Balanced Homodyne Detection of Independent and Coupled Thermal Fields Quantum Theory of Light: Field Quantization and Measurement The Experimental Foundation-Part I: Blackbody Radiation The Experimental Foundation-Part II: Photoelectric Effect The Light Quantum and the Field Quantization Photon Number State of Radiation Field Coherent State of Radiation Field Density Operator and Density Matrix Composite System and Two-Photon State of Radiation Field A Simple Model of Incoherent and Coherent Radiation Source Pure State and Mixed State Product State, Entangled State, and Mixed State of Photon Pairs Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory Measurement of Light: Photon Counting Measurement of Light: Joint Detection of Photons Field Propagation in Space-Time Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence Quantum Degree of First-Order Coherence Photon and Effective Wavefunction Measurement of the First-Order Coherence or Correlation Quantum Degree of Second-Order Coherence Two-Photon Interference vs. Statistical Correlation of Intensity Fluctuations Second-Order Spatial Correlation of Thermal Light Photon Counting and Measurement of G(2) Quantum Entanglement EPR Experiment and EPR State Product State, Entangled State, and Classically Correlated State Entangled States in Spin Variables Entangled Biphoton State EPR Correlation of Entangled Biphoton System Subsystem in an Entangled Two-Photon State Biphoton in Dispersive Media Quantum Imaging Biphoton Imaging Ghost Imaging Ghost Imaging and Uncertainty Relation Thermal Light Ghost Imaging Classical Simulation of Ghost Imaging Turbulence-Free Ghost Imaging Two-Photon Interferometry? I: Biphoton Interference Is Two-Photon Interference the Interference of Two Photons? Two-Photon Interference with Orthogonal Polarization Franson Interferometer Two-Photon Ghost Interference Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Two-Photon Interferometry? II: Quantum Interference of Chaotic Light Two-Photon Young's Interference Two-Photon Anticorrelation with Incoherent Chaotic Light Two-Photon Interference with Incoherent Orthogonal Polarized Chaotic Light Bell's Theorem and Bell's Inequality Measurement Hidden Variable Theory and Quantum Calculation for the Measurement of Spin 1/2 Bohm State Bell's Theorem and Bell's Inequality Bell States Bell State Preparation