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An Introduction to Quantum Optics and Quantum Fluctuations

Peter W. Milonni


This book is an introduction to quantum optics for students who have studied electromagnetism and quantum mechanics at an advanced undergraduate or graduate level. It provides detailed expositions of theory with emphasis on general physical principles. Foundational topics in classical and quantum electrodynamics, including the semiclassical theory of atom-field interactions, the quantization of the electromagnetic field in dispersive and dissipative media, uncertainty relations, and spontaneous emission, are addressed in the first half of the book. The second half begins with a chapter on the ... More

Keywords: quantum optics, quantum fluctuations, zero-point energy, vacuum field fluctuations, uncertainty relations, spontaneous emission, van der Waals interaction, Casimir effect, fluctuation-dissipation relations, Langevin noise

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215614
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199215614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter W. Milonni, author
Laboratory Fellow and Research Professor, Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Rochester