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Photons and Atoms: Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics

Photons and Atoms: Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Jacques Dupont-Roc, Gilbert Grynberg

ISBN: 978-3-527-61842-2

Dec 2007

486 pages


Photons and Atoms

Photons and Atoms: Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics provides the necessary background to understand the various physical processes associated with photon-atom interactions. It starts with elementary quantum theory and classical electrodynamics and progresses to more advanced approaches. A critical comparison is made between these different, although equivalent, formulations of quantum electrodynamics.

Using this format, the reader is offered a gradual, yet flexible introduction to quantum electrodynamics, avoiding formal discussions and excessive shortcuts. Complementing each chapter are numerous examples and exercises that can be used independently from the rest of the book to extend each chapter in many disciplines depending on the interests and needs of the reader.
Classical Electrodynamics: The Fundamental Equations and the Dynamical Variables.

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Approach to Electrodynamics;
The Standard Lagrangian and the Coulomb Gauge.

Quantum Electrodynamics in the Coulomb Gauge.

Other Equivalent Formulations of Electrodynamics.

Introduction to the Covariant Formulation of Quantum Electrodynamics.