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Quantum Optics for Engineers by F.J. Duarte

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10

Interferometry via the Dirac Notation

10.1  Interference à la Dirac

The genesis of quantum optics can be found in the Dirac discussion (from the 1930s) on interference as disclosed in The Principles of Quantum Mechanics (Dirac, 1978). This is a masterful and prophetic discussion that begins by considering a roughly monochromatic light source. The discussion continues by considering a beam of light consisting of a large number of photons. In other words, Dirac is considering a beam of light with a definite spectral linewidth and high power, a beam of light as available from narrow-linewidth highpower lasers (Duarte, 1998, 2003). For the discussion at hand, the term monochromatic is reserved for single-photon emission, while quasi-monochromatic, ...

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