Progress in Optics, Volume 56

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780444538864
eBook ISBN: 9780444543035
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 6th December 2011
Page Count: 404
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In the 50 years since the first volume of Progress in Optics was published, optics has become one of the most dynamic fields of science. The volumes in this series that have appeared up to now contain more than 300 review articles by distinguished research workers, which have become permanent records for many important developments, helping optical scientists and optical engineers stay abreast of their fields.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Space-Time Analogies in Optics

1. Introduction

2. Ultrashort Light Pulse Propagation in Dispersive Homogeneous Media

3. First-Order Approximation: Space-Time Analogy

4. Elements and their Implementations

5. Coherent Ultra-High-Speed Optical Systems and their Applications

6. Temporal Optics in the Noncoherent Regime

7. Temporal Optics in the Two-Photon Regime

8. Conclusions


Chapter 2: Unconventional Polarization States

1. Introduction

2. Superposition Principles and Interferometric Methods

3. Direct Methods

4. Generalized Beam-Like Polarization States

5. Nonparaxial Propagation and Focusing

6. Surfaces, Edges, and Particles

7. Unconventional Polarization States in Nonlinear Optics

8. Partially Coherent Polarization Vortices

9. Summary and Acknowledgments

Chapter 3: Quantum Scissors – Finite-Dimensional States Engineering

1. Introduction

2. Finite-Dimensional Quantum States

3. Linear Quantum Scissors

4. Nonlinear Quantum Scissors


Chapter 4: Polarization and Spectral Properties of Biphotons

1. Introduction

2. Biphotons and How to Produce Them

3. Measurements on Biphotons

4. Spectral Properties

5. Polarization Properties

6. Beyond Biphotons

7. Conclusion


Chapter 5: Engineering Nonlinear Optic Sources of Photonic Entanglement

1. Introduction

2. Quantum Nonlinear Optics

3. Spontaneous Parametric Down Conversion

4. Four-Wave Mixing

5. Quantum Technologies

6. Conclusions


Author Index for Volume 56

Subject Index for Volume 56

Contents of Previous Volumes

Cumulative Index – Volumes 1–56


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