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Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence: Selected Papers and Lectures

ISBN: 978-3-527-40687-6
656 pages
April 2007
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A summary of the pioneering work of Glauber in the field of optical coherence phenomena and photon statistics, this book describes the fundamental ideas of modern quantum optics and photonics in a tutorial style. It is thus not only intended as a reference for researchers in the field, but also to give graduate students an insight into the basic theories of the field.
Written by the Nobel Laureate himself, the concepts described in this book have formed the basis for three further Nobel Prizes in Physics within the last decade.
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Table of Contents

- The Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence (1963)
- Coherent and Incoherent States of the Radiation Field (1966)
- Optical Coherence and Photon Statistics (1964)
- Classical Behavior of Systems of Quantum Oscillators (1966)
- Quantum Theory of Parametric Amplification I (1967)
- Quantum Theory of Parametric Amplification II (1967)
- Photon Statistics (1968)
- Ordered Expansions in Boson Amplitude Operators (1969)
- Density Operators and Quasiprobability Distribution (1969)
- Coherence and Quantum Detection (1969)
- Quantum Theory of Coherence (1970)
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Author Information

Roy J. Glauber, born 1925 in New York City, was a student in the 1941 graduating class at the Bronx High School of Science. He worked on the Manhattan Project for two years before obtaining his bachelor's degree and then went on to obtain a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is now the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics while also being an Adjunct Professor of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Professor Glauber was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence", together with John L. Hall and Theodor W. Hänsch. His groundbreaking research on optical coherence was published in 1963. The most famous contribution of Professor Glauber to physics is the notion and mathematics behind coherent states.
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