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Quantum Optics in Phase Space provides a concise introduction to the rapidly moving field of quantum optics from the point of view of phase space. Modern in style and didactically skillful, Quantum Optics in Phase Space prepares students for their own research by presenting detailed derivations, many illustrations and a large set of workable problems at the end of each chapter. Often, the theoretical treatments are accompanied by the corresponding experiments. An exhaustive list of references provides a guide to the literature. Quantum Optics in Phase Space also serves advanced researchers as a comprehensive reference book.
Starting with an extensive review of the experiments that define quantum optics and a brief summary of the foundations of quantum mechanics the author Wolfgang P. Schleich illustrates the properties of quantum states with the help of the Wigner phase space distribution function. His description of waves ala WKB connects semi-classical phase space with the Berry phase. These semi-classical techniques provide deeper insight into the timely topics of wave packet dynamics, fractional revivals and the Talbot effect.
Whereas the first half of the book deals with mechanical oscillators such as ions in a trap or atoms in a standing wave the second half addresses problems where the quantization of the radiation field is of importance. Such topics extensively discussed include optical interferometry, the atom-field interaction, quantum state preparation and measurement, entanglement, decoherence, the one-atom maser and atom optics in quantized light fields.
Quantum Optics in Phase Space presents the subject of quantum optics as transparently as possible. Giving wide-ranging references, it enables students to study and solve problems with modern scientific literature. The result is a remarkably concise yet comprehensive and accessible text- and reference book - an inspiring source of information and insight for students, teachers and researchers alike.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.61" Width: 7.17" Height: 1.5" Weight: 3.35 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2001
ISBN 352729435X ISBN13 9783527294350
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More About Wolfgang P. Schleich
Wolfgang Arendt is head of the Institute of Applied Analysis at the University of Ulm, Germany. Having obtained his degrees from the University of Nice, France, and Tuebingen, Germany, he worked for eight years as professor at the University of Besancon in France before accepting a chair at the University of Ulm in Germany. He held visiting positions at the University of California at Berkeley, and the universities of Nancy, Oxford, Zuerich, Canberra, Sydney and Lecce. Professor Arendt's fields of research are partial differential equations and functional analysis with special emphasis on evolution equations. He is the editor-in-chief of an international scientific journal and a member of the editorial board of several others. Wolfgang P. Schleich, born in 1957, is head of the Institute of Quantum Physics at the University of Ulm, Germany, and Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, USA. He has published more than 240 papers on problems of quantum optics, foundations of quantum mechanics and general relativity and is the author of the highly acclaimed textbook Quantum Optics in Phase Space, published with Wiley-VCH. For his work he has received numerous awards and honours.
Wolfgang P. Schleich has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Ulm, Germany University of Ulm Universitat Ulm, Physik,.
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Quantum Optics made easy Jul 11, 2001
"Quantum Optics in Phase Space" has been successful in preparing students and researchers for their quest of unravelling the myteries of nature. Niels Bohr used to say that if you are not confused by quantum mechanics, then you really do not understand it. I guess same applies for quantum optics. This book first introduces you to the stunning resullts and then explains them in a crystal clear way. All encompassing derivations with the challenging set of problems brings out the best from within the reader. Each chapter and element has been scrutinized ensuring clarity and accuracy.
The first experiments that led to the development of quantum optics as a subject have been described in fullest detail. The book tries to expalin the entanglement of matter and waves by likening mechanical oscillators to standing waves. Classical experiments in optics have been re-explained with the help of quantum optics. Atom-field interaction has also been discussed in detail.
The explaination is based om semi-classical ideas which I believe is the best way because ultra-modern explanation can become very difficult to understand for those who are reading the subject for the first time.
I believe that "Quantum Optics in Phase Space" will prepare students for future endeavors by contributing to the enhancement of quantum optics.