Quantum Optics, Experimental Gravity, and Measurement Theory

  • Pierre Meystre
  • Marlan O. Scully

Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 94)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Glorious Days of Physics

    1. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 1-7
  3. Foundations

  4. Methods of Quantum Optics

    1. Stig Stenholm
      Pages 169-187
    2. F. Casagrande, L. A. Lugiato
      Pages 189-207
    3. D. F. Walls, G. J. Milburn
      Pages 209-247
  5. Experimental Gravitational

    1. R. W. P. Drever, J. Hought, A. J. Munley, S.-A. Lee, R. Spero, S. E. Whitcomb et al.
      Pages 503-514
    2. J. Hough, R. W. P. Drever, A. J. Munley, S.-A. Lee, R. Spero, S. E. Whitcomb et al.
      Pages 515-524
    3. H. Billing, W. Winkler, R. Schilling, A. Rüdiger, K. Maischberger, L. Schnupp
      Pages 525-566
    4. Carlton M. Caves
      Pages 567-626
    5. V. B. Braginsky, S. P. Viatchanin
      Pages 627-631
    6. William G. Unruh
      Pages 647-660
    7. Mark Hillery, Marlan O. Scully
      Pages 661-673
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 695-701

About this book


This volume contains the Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute "Quantum Optics and Experimental General Relativity" which was held in Bad Windsheim, Federal Republic of Germany, from August 16 to 29, 1981. At first glance, one might wonder why a meeting should cover these two topics, and a good bit of quantum measurement theory as well, all of which seem to be completely unrelated. The key to what one may call this grand unification lies in the effort, underway in a number of laboratories around the world, to detect gravitational radiation. Present research is pursuing the development of two types of detectors: laser interferometers and resonant bar detectors. Be­ cause the signals that one is trying to measure are so weak the quan­ tum mechanical nature of the detectors comes into play. The analy­ sis of the effects which result from this is facilitated by the use of techniques which have been developed in quantum optics over the years. This analysis also forces one to confront certain issues in the quantum theory of measurement. The laser interferometer detectors, using as they do light, are clearly within the realm of subjects usually considered by quantum optics. For example, the analysis of the noise present in such a de­ tector can make use of the many techniques which have been developed in quantum optics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pierre Meystre
    • 1
  • Marlan O. Scully
    • 2
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Quantum OpticsGarchingFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Quantum OpticsUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-3714-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-3712-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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