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Manipulating Quantum Structures Using Laser Pulses

Manipulating Quantum Structures Using Laser Pulses

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  • Date Published: November 2011
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  • isbn: 9781139153683

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  • The use of laser pulses to alter the internal quantum structure of individual atoms and molecules has applications in quantum information processing, the coherent control of chemical reactions and in quantum-state engineering. This book presents the underlying theory of such quantum-state manipulation for researchers and graduate students. The book provides the equations, and approaches for their solution, which can be applied to complicated multilevel quantum systems. It also gives the background theory for application to isolated atoms or trapped ions, simple molecules and atoms embedded in solids. Particular attention is given to the ways in which quantum changes can be displayed graphically to help readers understand how quantum changes can be controlled.

    • Gives an overview of the basic physics of quantum-state manipulation
    • Presents the mathematical formalism for describing how pulses of laser light affect atoms and molecules
    • Shows how quantum changes can be displayed graphically, enabling readers to visualize and understand how quantum changes can be controlled
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    "...this book is a remarkable volume. It offers a clear approach to the theoretical basis of coherent interactions between light and matter on the quantum scale. This book has exemplary clarity of exposition, which is no doubt a result of the 30 years of research undertaken by the author. Indeed, he is one of the pioneering explorers of the field."
    K. Alan Shore, Optics & Photonics News

    '… a remarkable volume … This book has exemplary clarity of exposition…' Optics and Photonics News

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139153683
    • contains: 137 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Atoms as structured particles
    3. Radiation
    4. The laser-atom interaction
    5. Picturing quantum structure and changes
    6. Incoherence: rate equations
    7. Coherence: the Schrödinger equation
    8. Two-state coherent excitation
    9. Weak pulse: perturbation theory
    10. The vector model
    11. Sequential pulses
    12. Degeneracy
    13. Three states
    14. Raman processes
    15. Multilevel excitation
    16. Averages and the statistical matrix (density matrix)
    17. Preparing superpositions
    18. Measuring superpositions
    19. Overall phase, interferometry and cyclic dynamics
    20. Atoms affecting fields
    21. Atoms in cavities
    22. Control and optimization
    Appendices
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Bruce W. Shore
    Bruce W. Shore worked as a theoretical physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 30 years. His research dealt with numerical analysis and atomic physics, specialising in the theory of laser-induced atomic-vapour excitation.

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