Item description for Quantum Optics by D.F. Walls...
Quantum Optics gives a comprehensive coverage of developments in quantum optics over the past years. In the early chapters the formalism of quantum optics is elucidated and the main techniques are introduced. These are applied in the later chapters to problems such as squeezed states of light, resonance fluorescence, laser theory, quantum theory of four-wave mixing, quantum non-demolition measurements, Bell's inequalities, and atom optics. Experimental results are used to illustrate the theory throughout. This yields the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of experiment and theory in quantum optics in any textbook.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.45" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.18" Weight: 1.68 lbs.
Release Date Feb 6, 2008
ISBN 3540285733 ISBN13 9783540285731
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Blend of fundamental and practical Feb 19, 2006
This book was recommended to me by one of the world's leaders in quantum computing, who told me it was the best introduction powerful enough to explain the kinds of principles necessary to make this new kind of hardware really work. It is not an introduction to optics; Lipson's beautiful clear book on optics is maybe the best way to get ready for this, and Mandl and Shaw's book on quantum field theory is an excellent empirically-oriented start to that subject. This book is an excellent summary of a lot of new work -- unifying new basic theory and experiment -- which goes beyond those two. There has been a revolution in getting past the limits of the old semiclassical approximation methods in quantum optics, and developing technology beyond the scope of the older methods; I haven't seen any other general introductory text which covers all the key points of that work. Howard J. Carmichael's book from Springer is also excellent, and covers similar ground, but is a bit more advanced -- and still lacked the essential Volume II, last I checked. Anyone who wishes to really understand what quantum measurement is about needs to understand what is in this book.
Comprehensive, but more mathematics than physics Apr 2, 1998
This book covers a broad range of topics in quantum optics, including very recent developments. This is probably due to the fact that the authors have themselves made many important contributions to the field.
However, we think the book is not suitable as an introduction to the subject, since the reader is expected to be familiar with both the basic mathematical and notational concepts of the field (which are often introduced without any explanation or motivation).
Probably, Mandel and Wolf's "Optical coherence and quantum optics", or H.-A. Bachor's recently published "A guide to experiments in quantum optics" are more appropriate for a first encounter with quantum optics. - H.K. Nienhuys, S.Woutersen, F. van den Broek, H.J. Bakker.