Starting from the concepts of classical optics, Optics, Light and Lasers introduces in detail the phenomena of linear and nonlinear light matter interaction, the properties of modern laser sources, and the concepts of quantum optics. Several examples taken from the scope of modern research are provided to emphasize the relevance of optics in current developments within science and technology. The text has been written for newcomers to the topic and benefits from the author's ability to explain difficult sequences and effects in a straightforward and easily comprehensible way. To this second, completely updated and enlarged edition, new chapters on quantum optics, quantum information, matter waves, photonic fibres and materials have been added, as well as more than 100 problems on laser physics and applied optics.
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Dieter Meschede was born in Lathen/Ems, Germany, in 1954. From his early days on he liked to wander through the world and has thus studied physics in several places including Hannover, Cologne, Boulder, and Munich. He has been professor of experimental physics since 1990. Professor Meschede is now based at the University of Bonn, Germany, where his current scientific interests concentrate on light-matter interactions at the most elementary level, i.e. with single atoms and single photons.Review:
From reviews of the first edition:
"The scientific content and theoretical thread that builds up the book are excellent. [...] This is an excellent scientific book that is pleasant (even enjoyable) to read."
"What I really like about the book is the large selection of clearly marked examples and 'excursions' within the text. They offer a connection between fundamental physics and modern technological and scientific applications. This is often missing in other books, leaving the reader wondering what all the formalism could be used for. Here, one always has the feeling that the treated subject is of relevance to areas of modern research. [...] I can certainly recommend the book to newcomers who wish to get both an introduction into the fundamentals as well as an overview of modern optical applications."
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