An Open Systems Approach to Quantum Optics

Lectures Presented at the Université Libre de Bruxelles October 28 to November 4, 1991

  • Howard Carmichael

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics Monographs book series (LNPMGR, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Pages 1-4
  3. Pages 113-125
  4. Pages 126-139
  5. Pages 140-154
  6. Pages 155-173
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 174-182

About this book


This volume contains ten lectures presented in the series ULB Lectures in Nonlinear Optics at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles during the period October 28 to November 4, 1991. A large part of the first six lectures is taken from material prepared for a book of somewhat larger scope which will be published,by Springer under the title Quantum Statistical Methods in Quantum Optics. The principal reason for the early publication of the present volume concerns the material contained in the last four lectures. Here I have put together, in a more or less systematic way, some ideas about the use of stochastic wavefunctions in the theory of open quantum optical systems. These ideas were developed with the help of two of my students, Murray Wolinsky and Liguang Tian, over a period of approximately two years. They are built on a foundation laid down in a paper written with Surendra Singh, Reeta Vyas, and Perry Rice on waiting-time distributions and wavefunction collapse in resonance fluorescence [Phys. Rev. A, 39, 1200 (1989)]. The ULB lecture notes contain my first serious atte~pt to give a complete account of the ideas and their potential applications. I am grateful to Professor Paul Mandel who, through his invitation to give the lectures, stimulated me to organize something useful out of work that may, otherwise, have waited considerably longer to be brought together.


Heisenberg-Bild Heisenberg-picture Laser Technology Lasertechnologie Master Equation Master-Gleichung Nichtlineare Optik Nonlinear Optics Operator Equation Operator-Gleichung Potential Quantenlichtquellen Quantum Light Source optics

Authors and affiliations

  • Howard Carmichael
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-56634-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-47620-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0940-7677
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