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This revised and broadened second edition provides readers with an insight into this fascinating world and future technology in quantum optics. Alongside classical and quantum-mechanical models, the authors focus on important and current experimental techniques in quantum optics to provide an understanding of light, photons and laserbeams. In a comprehensible and lucid style, the book conveys the theoretical background indispensable for an understanding of actual experiments using photons. It covers basic modern optical components and procedures in detail, leading to experiments such as the generation of squeezed and entangled laserbeams, the test and applications of the quantum properties of single photons, and the use of light for quantum information experiments.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 9, 2004
ISBN 3527403930 ISBN13 9783527403936
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A disappointment Dec 7, 2005
I obtained this book because its title suggested that it might discuss important experiments in a more expository way than the original papers. I was disappointed that he book did not fulfill this expectation.
The first four chapters, entitled
1. Introduction 2. Classical models of light 3. Photons--the motivation to go beyond classical optics 4. Quantum models of light ,
seem intended as a kind of mini-text in basic quantum optics. However, they are written in such a sketchy way that I think they would be virtually incomprehensible to someone who was not already familiar with quantum optics.
hold the promise of introducing the reader to the kind of equipment necessary to do experiments in this field. But again, the descriptions are so sketchy that I doubt they will meaningful to anyone not already professionally engaged in the field. I, a non-professional who has studied quantum optics, was not able to learn anything from these chapters.
For example, the following quotes the very first sentences of Section 8.4.1, entitled "How to mount a mirror".
"Where the control is done using with a PZT mounted mirror and the bandwidth of the feedback control system will be severely limited. The mirror, PZT and mirror mount effectively form a system with mechanical resonances [symbol Omega with unexplained subscripts "res" and "j"] and since this system is inside the feedback loop we can expect stable operation only at frequencies below the lowest resonance [symbol Omega with subscript j replaced by 1]."
The reader may wonder if I have mistyped the first sentence, but it is exactly as in the book. This is not atypical of the quality of the exposition. It seems as if no one fluent in English has proofread the book.
The reader may also wonder if additional context in preceding sections might make this passage meaningful, but there is no previous context. This section starts from scratch as above. The Omega symbol is not defined, and this is typical of the exposition of the rest of the book. The "PZT" acronym is unexplained and does not appear in the list of abbreviations in Appendix E.
The remaining chapters contain some discussions of experiments, but most of these were too sketchy to be comprehensible to me. I was familiar with the original papers presenting some of them, and the original papers were clearer.
Moreover, the experiments which are discussed do not include all important experiments in quantum optics. For example, I could find no mention of any experiments in "quantum erasure", which happen to be of greatest interest to me.
The only feature of the book which I found potentially useful is the extensive chapter bibliographies. It is particularly helpful that the bibliographies include the titles of the referenced papers (many physics books and papers do not). The bibliographies would be even more useful if references to papers in the arXiv were given along with the references to the printed versions. It is easier to download a paper from the arXiv than to copy it from a paper journal in a library. It is because of the bibliographies that I rated this book a weak "2" instead of a "1".
It is hard for me to identify a class of readers which might find this book useful. But since this is a second edition, presumably the first edition sold well enough that there must be some audience for it. The only audience I can imagine would be physicists whose primary research is in experimental quantum optics.
I suggest that potential purchasers first try to look over a copy to be sure that it is what they want. For this purpose, the "look inside" feature of this site.com is very useful. It was from reading samples of the first chapter that I suspected that the exposition might be something like the above quote from "How to mount a mirror".
Though I still hoped to learn something from the book, I took the precaution of obtaining a copy from interlibrary loan before purchasing it. I'm glad I did because it seems unlikely that this book would repay my detailed study.
The Experimental Perspective Apr 10, 2005
This book is great.
The recent publication date means all the material is cutting edge & the experimental linking of all the maths in the text is very helpful.
This book isnt just for people working in quantum optics, it covers normal optics in the sense of lasers and detectors giving new light to some of the additional lesser known quantum mechanical properties of these devices.