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Principles of laser spectroscopy and quantum optics.


Principles of laser spectroscopy and quantum optics.

Berman, Paul R. and Vladimir S. Malinovsky.

Princeton U. Press


519 pages




This text (based on a course taught by one of the authors) is intended in part to support an introductory graduate-level quantum mechanics course and in part to serve as an advanced level reference for those working in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Coverage overlaps with the many texts that cover laser spectroscopy and quantum optics, but this text is distinguished by discussion of topics from a variety of viewpoints and by inclusion of topics not readily available in other introductory texts such as atom optics and interferometry, optical pumping, light scattering, and sub-Doppler laser cooling. To keep the volume a manageable size the authors have selected a limited number of fundamental applications and have not reproduced experimental data. Material is arranged in 20 chapters, each containing references and a bibliography and well-considered problems (many requiring computational techniques; Mathematica notebooks will be posted on a website). Bernan (physics, U. of Michigan) and Malinovsky (visiting at Stevens Institue of Technology) have combined their efforts to produce a thorough and versatile text and reference.

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