This book presents a systematic account of this subject, which has grown vastly in the past thirty years and is now at the forefront of modern physics.
This book presents a systematic account of optical coherence theory within the framework of classical optics, as applied to such topics as radiation from sources of different states of coherence, foundations of radiometry, effects of source coherence on the spectra of radiated fields, coherence theory of laser modes, and scattering of partially coherent light by random media. The book starts with a full mathematical introduction to the subject area and each chapter concludes with a set of exercises. The authors are renowned scientists and have made substantial contributions to many of the topics treated in the book. Much of the book is based on courses given by them at universities, scientific meetings and laboratories throughout the world. This book will undoubtedly become an indispensable aid to scientists and engineers concerned with modern optics, as well as to teachers and graduate students of physics and engineering.
Preface; 1. Elements of probability theory; 2. Random (or stochastic) processes; 3. Some useful mathematical techniques; 4. Second-order coherence theory of scalar wavefields; 5. Radiation from sources of any state of coherence; 6. Second-order coherence theory of vector electromagnetic fields; 7. Some applications of second-order coherence theory; 8. Higher-order correlations in optical fields; 9. Semiclassical theory of photoelectric detection of light; 10. Quantization of the free electromagnetic field; 11. Coherent states of the electromagnetic field; 12. Quantum correlations and photon statistics; 13. Radiation from thermal equilibrium sources; 14. Quantum theory of photoelectric detection of light; 15. Interaction between light and a two-level atom; 16. Collective atomic interactions; 17. Some general techniques for treating interacting systems; 18. The single-mode laser; 19. The two-mode ring laser; 20. The linnear light amplifier; 21. Squeezed states of light; 22. Some quantum effects in nonlinear optics; References; Author index; Subject index.