Chapter 8. Photon Statistics

  1. Roy J. Glauber

Published Online: 19 JAN 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610075.ch8

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) Photon Statistics, in Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence: Selected Papers and Lectures, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610075.ch8

Author Information

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

  1. Reprinted, with permission from the author, from Fundamental Problems in Statistical Mechanics II, E. G. D. Cohen, Ed., North-Holland, Amsterdam 1968, pp. 140–187.

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;
  • photon statistics;
  • classical theory;
  • intensity measurements;
  • coincidence measurements;
  • coherent states;
  • photon counting distributions;
  • characteristic functions;
  • quasiprobability densities

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Classical Theory

  • Quantum Theory: Introduction

  • Intensity and Coincidence Measurements

  • First and Higher Order Coherence

  • The Coherent States

  • Expansions in Terms of the Coherent States

  • Characteristic Functions and Quasiprobability Densities

  • Some Examples

  • Photon Counting Distributions

  • References