The quantum theory of light / Rodney Loudon.

Author
Loudon, Rodney [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Εdition
2nd ed.
Published/​Created
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1983.
Description
xiv, 393 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Subject(s)
Series
Oxford science publications [More in this series]
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Introduction: The photon
  • Planck's radiation law and the Einstein coefficients
  • Density of field modes in a cavity
  • Quantization of the field energy
  • Planck's law
  • Fluctuations in photon number
  • Einstein's A and B coefficients
  • Characteristics of the three Einstein transitions
  • Optical excitation of two-level atoms
  • Theory of optical attenuation
  • Population inversion: optical amplification
  • The laser
  • Radiation pressure
  • Quantum mechanics of the atom-radiation interaction
  • Time-dependent quantum mechanics
  • Form of the interaction Hamiltonian
  • Expressions for the Einstein coefficients
  • The Dirac delta-function and Fermi's golden rule
  • Radiative broadening and linear susceptibility
  • Doppler broadening and composite lineshape
  • The optical Bloch equations
  • Power broadening
  • Collision broadening
  • Bloch equations and rate equations
  • Classical theory of optical fluctuations and coherence
  • Models of chaotic light sources
  • The lossless optical beam-splitter
  • The Mach-Zehnder interferometer
  • Degree of first-order coherence
  • Interference fringes and frequency spectra
  • Intensity fluctuations of chaotic light
  • Degree of second-order coherence
  • The Brown-Twiss interferometer
  • Semiclassical theory of optical detection
  • Quantization of the radiation field
  • Potential theory for the classical electromagnetic field
  • The free classical field
  • The quantum-mechanical harmonic oscillator
  • Quantization of the electromagnetic field
  • Canonical commutation relation.
ISBN
  • 0198511558 ((pbk.))
  • 9780198511557 ((pbk.))
  • 0198511523 ((hard))
  • 9780198511526 ((hard))
LCCN
83004045
OCLC
9325112
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