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Quasiprobability Distributions in Quantum Optics

  • G. J. Milburn
  • D. F. Walls
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 24)

Abstract

We review some generalizations of phase space probability distributions used in quantum optics. We also present an application of a particular distribution, the Q-function, to the concept of interference in phase space and the oscillations in the photon number distribution for a squeezed state. The method enables a straightforward discussion of the effect of dissipation on these oscillations.

Keywords

Phase Space Coherent State Density Operator Wigner Function Phase Space Point 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. J. Milburn
    • 1
  • D. F. Walls
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Theoretical PhysicsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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