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Light and Matter: Electromagnetism, Optics, Spectroscopy and Lasers

ISBN: 978-0-471-89931-0
656 pages
September 2006
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Light and Matter: Electromagnetism, Optics, Spectroscopy and Lasers provides comprehensive coverage of the interaction of light and matter and resulting outcomes. Covering theory, practical consequencies and applications, this modern text serves to bridge the gap between electromagnetism, optics, spectroscopy and lasers. The book introduces the reader to the nature of light, explanes key procedures which occur as light travels through matter and delves into the effects and applications, exploring spectroscopy, lasers, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, quantum optics and light scattering. Extensive examples ensure clarity of meaning while the dynamic structure allows sections to be studies independently of one another.
* covers both fundamentals and applications
* features numerous examples
* dynamic structure allows sections to be studied independently of one another
* in depth coverage of modern topics.

This is an essential text for students of electromagnetism and optics, optoelectronics and lasers, quantum electronics spectroscopy, as well as being an invaluable reference for researches.
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1 Electromagnetic radiation.

1.1 Brief history of the interaction of light and matter.

1.2 Light in vacuum.

1.3 Matter–source of light.

2 Phenomenology of light propagation in matter.

2.1 Absorption of light.

2.2 Nonlinear absorption.

2.3 Index of refraction.

2.4 Optical phenomena in nonisotropic media.

2.5 Electric field effects.

2.6 Acousto-optic effects.

2.7 Magnetic field effects.

3 The interaction of light and matter.

3.1 Lorentz force law.

3.2 Motion of a charged particle in static electric and magnetic fields.

3.3 Motion of a bound electron in an electromagnetic field.

3.4 Radiation due to acceleration of charges.

3.5 Multipole radiation.

3.6 Scattering of a light wavepacket.

3.7 Cooling and trapping of atoms.

4 Magnetic phenomena, constitutive relations and plasmas.

4.1 Magnetic moments.

4.2 Magnetization.

4.3 Magnetic resonance.

4.4 Polarization and magnetization as source terms.

4.5 Atomistic derivation of macroscopic electromagnetism and the constitutive relations.

4.6 Microscopic polarizability and macroscopic polarization.

4.7 Dielectric relaxation.

4.8 Plasmas 275

5 Quantum description of absorption, emission and light scattering.

5.1 Charged particle in an electromagnetic field.

5.2 Absorption and emission.

5.3 Rayleigh and Raman scattering.

5.4 Thomson scattering.

6 Spectroscopy.

6.1 Atoms.

6.2 Molecules.

6.3 Diatomic molecules.

6.4 Polyatomic molecules.

6.5 Condensed-phase materials.

7 Lasers.

7.1 Laser dynamics.

7.2 Threshold.

7.3 Steady state.

7.4 Pulsed laser operation.

7.5 Cavity modes.

7.6 Amplified spontaneous emission.

7.7 Laser linewidth.

7.8 Laser coherence.

7.9 Specific laser systems.

8 Nonlinear optics.

8.1 Expansion of the polarization in the electric field.

8.2 Phase-matching.

8.3 Second harmonic generation.

8.4 Three-wave mixing.

8.5 Third harmonic generation.

8.6 Self-focusing and self-phase modulation.

8.7 Four-wave mixing.

8.8 Stimulated Raman processes.

8.9 Stimulated Brillouin processes.

8.10 Nonlinear matter-wave optics.

9 Quantum-optical processes.

9.1 Interaction of a two-level system with an electromagnetic field.

9.2 Liouville–von Neumann equation for the density matrix.

9.3 Three-level system.

9.4 Coherent states and squeezed states.

9.5 The Jaynes–Cummings model.

9.6 Interaction between modes of a quantum field.

10 Light propagation in optical fibers and introduction to optical communication systems.

10.1 Fiber characteristics.

10.2 Transverse modes of an optical fiber.

10.3 Nonlinear processes in fibers.

10.4 Fiber-optic communication systems.


Appendix A: vector analysis.

Appendix B: Electromagnetism and Maxwell’s equations.

Appendix C: Quantum mechanics and the Schr¨odinger equation.

Appendix D: perturbation theory.

Appendix E: Fundamental constants.




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Yehuda Band - Ben-Gurion University, Israel
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  • Covers both the fundamentals and applications
  • Extensive examples and applications drawn from across the whole discipline
  • Structure allows sections to be taken out of order encouraging ease of use
  • In depth coverage of modern topics
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