Girish S. Agarwal
Cambridge University Press, 2012; $80.00 (hardcover).
The reader will find this book to be an excellent, modern review of the field of quantum optics and its applications. It is written for graduate students with a strong background in quantum mechanics and classical electrodynamics. If you studied quantum optics more than a decade ago, it is a must-read to refresh your knowledge of this rapidly advancing field. Early on, the author presents quantized radiation fields and later moves to the interactions of radiation and matter. Its value as a textbook is enhanced by the inclusion of exercises and solutions, references and an index. The inexperienced reader may find the concise exposition somewhat daunting, but those with more advanced knowledge will find exciting modern developments that can be incorporated into new devices and techniques.
Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE.
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