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John Garrison and Raymond Chiao

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508861.001.0001

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Paraxial quantum optics

Paraxial quantum optics

(p.218) 7 Paraxial quantum optics
Quantum Optics

J. C. Garrison

R. Y. Chiao

Oxford University Press

The classical concept of a paraxial wave is extended to quantum optics as a condition on the state vector, and the family of vectors obeying this condition defines a paraxial Hilbert space. Field operators acting on this space are approximated by the product of a slowly-varying envelope operator and a classical carrier wave. This permits the discussion of Gaussian pulses and paraxial wave packets. This treatment is extended to obtain an expansion of state vectors and field operators in powers of the opening angle of the cone of paraxial rays. The leading term in the expansion yields the component of the angular momentum along the propagation axis as a sum of well defined orbital- and spin-parts. With the same technique, it is shown that approximate localization of photons is possible for localization volumes much larger that the mean wavelength in the paraxial state.

Keywords:   paraxial wave, opening angle, envelope operator, carrier wave, Gaussian pulse, paraxial expansion, approximate localization

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