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The Quantum Theory of Light (Oxford Science Publications) Hardcover – 9 Jul 2000


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... written as a graduate-level textbook ... over 100 problems help to reinforce the understanding of the material presented. (Zentralblatt MATH)

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Rodney Loudon, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, University of Essex

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Great Introduction 8 Jun 2002
By Alexander R. Small - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a decent book. I'd agree that it can be dry and focused on equations more than physics at times, but it offers a very balanced selection of topics, and clearer explanations than many physics books.

I particularly like the progression from old quantum theory to semiclassical theory to the fully quantized theory. It emphasizes the useful aspects of each theory, in particular the usefulness of the old theory in terms of simplicity and accuracy in many situations. History may not always be the best approach to science, but it works if you emphasize the usefulness of simple models and how they follow from more sophisticated models.
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Simple introduction...but not sufficient. 21 July 2000
By Darren Hsiung - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For an introduction to quantum optics, the author is to be highly commended for keeping the mathematics and derivations straightforward and easily followed by a senior or 1st year graduate student in experimental physics. Unfortunately, he does not go beyond the math to discuss the physics which the mathematics describe. The problems he includes for students to work out are all derivation of formula with absolutely no application of formula. By the time I got through the book, I realized that I still had no real intuition of how a laser worked, or any understanding of how to apply the quantized radiation field to any real-world problems.

So if you're looking for a handbook to give you a simple tour of the mathematics in the quantum theory of light, this is the book for you. If you're looking for a more comprehensive treatment, look elsewhere. The selection of topics is very limited: too little math for a theorist, and too little physics for the experimentalist.
One of the 'must have' books in Quantum Optics 5 Mar 2014
By R. G. W. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply an excellent book, both for teaching - and for reference.

The clarity of the explanations - and the math - has kept editions of this book beside me for decades.
Good book 14 Aug 2013
By poincare - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is really nice, I highly recommend if you are in looking for fun and training for Olympiads and physics contest
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