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Exploring the Quantum: Atoms, Cavities, and Photons

Serge Haroche and Jean-Michel Raimond


The counter-intuitive aspects of quantum physics have been illustrated for some time by thought experiments, from Einstein's photon box to Schrödinger's cat. These experiments have now become real, with single particles — electrons, atoms or photons — directly unveiling the weird features of the quantum. State superpositions, entanglement and complementarity define a novel quantum logic that can be harnessed for information processing, raising great hopes for applications. This book describes a class of such thought experiments made real. Juggling with atoms and photons confined in cavities, i ... More

Keywords: counter-intuitive aspects, quantum physics, state superpositions, entanglement, complementarity, quantum logic, information processing, decoherence, quantum-classical boundary, single particles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198509141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Serge Haroche, author
Collège de France

Jean-Michel Raimond, author
Université P. et M. Curie et Institut Universitaire de France