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A Modern Introduction to Classical and Quantum Optics



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The Light Fantastic: A Modern Introduction to Classical and Quantum Optics by Ian Kenyon
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This book presents a thorough and self-contained introduction to modern optics, covering in full the three components ray optics, wave optics, and quantum optics. The text covers all that would be needed over a comprehensive course in optics at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. Digital cameras, LCD screens, aircraft laser gyroscopes, and the optical fibre-based internet illustrate the penetration of optics in twenty-first century life: these and many more modern applications are presented from first principles. The self-contained material allows the selection of specific themes grouped in the following way: Paraxial ray optics with matrix methods and aberrations. Interference, coherence and interferometers. Diffraction, spectrometers and Gaussian beams. Fourier optics, holography and information processing. Maxwell's theory; scattering, absorption and dispersion in bulk materials; interface behaviour. Quantum phenomena, wave-particle duality, uncertainty principle; Schroedinger analysis of spectra, photon properties. Laser principles, He:Ne to MQW lasers, applications. Detectors: photodiodes, photomultipliers, image intensifiers; response, noise and linearlty; CCDs. Fibre optics, from monomode fibre analysis to dense wavelength division multiplexing; fibre sensors. Photon-atom interactions, optical pumping, cooling and clocks. Second quantization, photon correlations, SPDC, entanglement, tests of quantum mechanics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Reflection and Refraction at Plane Surfaces ; 3. Spherical Mirrors and Lenses ; 4. Optical Instruments ; 5. Interference Effects and Interferometers ; 6. Diffraction ; 7. Fourier Optics ; 8. Astronomical Telescopes ; 9. Classical Electromagnetic Theory ; 10. Polarization ; 11. Scattering, Absorption, and Dispersion ; 12. The Quantum Nature of Light and Matter ; 13. Quantum Mechanics and the Atom ; 14. Lasers ; 15. Detectors ; 16. Optical Fibres ; 17. Quantum Interactions ; 18. The Quantized Electromagnetic Field ; Appendices

Author Biography

Dr Ian Kenyon Senior Honorary Research Fellow School of Physics and AstroPhysics University of Birmingham
Release date NZ
January 17th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
463 line drawings and 7 halftones
Oxford University Press
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