Progress in Optics

Progress in Optics

1st Edition - December 17, 2001

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  • Editor: Emil Wolf
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This volume presents six review articles devoted to various topics of current interest both in classical and in quantum optics. The first article, by S. Ya. Kilin, entitled "Quanta and Information", is concerned with a multidisciplinary subject which involves optics, information theory, programming and discrete mathematics. The second article, "Optical Solitons in Periodic Media with Resonant and Off-Resonant Nonlinearities", by G. Kurizki, A.E. Kozhekin, T. Optatrny and B. Malomed, reviews the properties of optical solitons in periodic nonlinear media. The article which follows deals with an effect and its inverse which is a manifestation of hindrance and enhancement, respectively, of the evolution of a quantum system by an external agent, such as a detection apparatus. The fourth article discusses the current status of a relatively new branch of physical optics, sometimes called singular optics. The next two articles respectively present a review of advances in two-photon interferometry and their relation to investigations of the foundations of quantum theory and an examination of transverse mode shaping and selection in laser resonators.

Table of Contents

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    Preface

    Chapter 1: Quanta and information

    Introduction

    § 1. The quantum concept

    § 2. Information

    § 3. Quantum information

    § 4. The problem of decoherence

    § 5. Conclusions

    Acknowledgements

    Chapter 2: Optical solitons in periodic media with resonant and off-resonant nonlinearities

    § 1. Introduction

    § 2. Solitons in Bragg gratings with cubic and quadratic nonlinearities

    § 3. Self-induced transparency (SIT) in uniform media and thin films

    § 4. SIT in resonantly absorbing Bragg reflectors (RABR): the model

    § 5. Bright solitons in RABR

    § 6. Dark solitons in RABR

    § 7. Light bullets (spatiotemporal solitons)

    § 8. Experimental prospects and conclusions

    Abbreviations

    Acknowledgments

    Chapter 3: Quantum Zeno and inverse quantum Zeno effects

    § 1. Introduction

    § 2. Two-level systems and Bloch vector

    § 3. Pulsed observation

    § 4. Dynamical quantum Zeno effect

    § 5. Continuous observation

    § 6. Novel definition of quantum Zeno effect

    § 7. Zeno effects in down-conversion processes

    § 8. Genuine unstable systems and Zeno effects

    § 9. Three-level system in a laser field

    § 10. Concluding remarks

    Acknowledgments

    Chapter 4: Singular optics

    § 1. 1. Introduction

    § 2. Anticipations of singular optics

    § 3. Wave-front dislocations – phase defects

    § 4. Circular and linear edge dislocations

    § 5. Screw wave-front dislocation – axial OV

    § 6. Reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction of OVs

    § 7. Topology of wave fronts and vortex trajectories

    § 8. Gouy phase shift in singular optics

    § 9. Statistics of phase dislocations

    § 10. Optical vortices in frequency conversion processes

    § 11. Applications

    § 12. Conclusions

    Chapter 5: Multi-photon quantum interferometry

    § 1. Introduction: practical optical tests of Bell inequalities

    § 2. Two-photon interferometry with type-I phase-matched SPDC

    § 3. Two-photon interferometry with type-II SPDC

    § 4. Higher multiple-photon entanglement

    Chapter 6: Transverse mode shaping and selection in laser resonators

    § 1. Introduction

    § 2. Transverse modes

    § 3. Intra-cavity elements and resonator configurations

    § 4. Properties of the laser output beams

    § 5. Concluding remarks

    Acknowledgements

    Author index for volume 42

    Subject index for volume 42

    Contents of previous volumes*

    Volume 1 (1961)

    Volume 2 (1963)

    Volume 3 (1964)

    Volume 4 (1965)

    Volume 5 (1966)

    Volume 6 (1967)

    Volume 7 (1969)

    Volume 8 (1970)

    Volume 9 (1971)

    Volume 10(1972)

    Volume 11 (1973)

    Volume 12 (1974)

    Volume 13 (1976)

    Volume 14 (1976)

    Volume 15 (1977)

    Volume 16(1978)

    Volume 17 (1980)

    Volume 18 (1980)

    Volume 19 (1981)

    Volume 20 (1983)

    Volume 21 (1984)

    Volume 22 (1985)

    Volume 23 (1986)

    Volume 24 (1987)

    Volume 25 (1988)

    Volume 26 (1988)

    Volume 27 (1989)

    Volume 28 (1990)

    Volume 29 (1991)

    Volume 30(1992)

    Volume 31 (1993)

    Volume 32 (1993)

    Volume 33 (1994)

    Volume 34(1995)

    Volume 35 (1996)

    Volume 36 (1996)

    Volume 37 (1997)

    Volume 38 (1998)

    Volume 39 (1999)

    Volume 40 (2000)

    Volume 41 (2000)

    Comulative index—Volumes 1–42*

Product details

  • No. of pages: 423
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2001
  • Published: December 17, 2001
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080929859
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444509086

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