Chapter 11. Coherence and Quantum Detection

  1. Roy J. Glauber

Published Online: 19 JAN 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610075.ch11

Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence: Selected Papers and Lectures

Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence: Selected Papers and Lectures

How to Cite

Glauber, R. J. (2007) Coherence and Quantum Detection, in Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence: Selected Papers and Lectures, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610075.ch11

Author Information

  1. Lyman Laboratory, Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

  1. Reprinted from Quantum Optics, R. J. Glauber, Ed., Academic Press, New York 1969, pp. 15–56. Copyright by Società Italiana di Fisica.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JAN 2007
  2. Published Print: 15 DEC 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527406876

Online ISBN: 9783527610075

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Keywords:

  • quantum theory;
  • optical coherence;
  • quantum detection;
  • statistical properties;
  • electromagnetic field;
  • ideal photon detector;
  • correlation functions;
  • coherent states;
  • expansions;
  • terms of coherent states;
  • damped harmonic oscillator;
  • Fokker–Planck equation;
  • Bloch equation;
  • theory of photodetection

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Statistical Properties of the Electromagnetic Field

  • The Ideal Photon Detector

  • Correlation Functions and Coherence

  • Other Correlation Functions

  • The Coherent States

  • Expansions in Terms of Coherent States

  • A Few General Observations

  • The Damped Harmonic Oscillator

  • The Density Operator for the Damped Oscillator

  • Irreversibility and Damping

  • The Fokker–Planck and Bloch Equations

  • Theory of Photodetection. The Photon Counter Viewed as a Harmonic Oscillator

  • The Density Operator for the Photon Counter

  • References