This is the first graduate-level textbook that deals with the theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum optomechanics—i.e., the quantum effects of the mechanical effects of light. The second chapter introduces the key concept of the book, including radiation pressure, its quantization and decoherence. Subsequent chapters cover the linearized regime of quantum optomechanics, and the nonlinear approach of quantum optomechanics. The authors close the book with a chapter on gravitational quantum physics and possible test of gravitational physics using optomechanics.

This is a very clearly written book about a subject that is difficult to describe. It is a must-have for anyone studying the quantum effects of light.

Review by Mircea Dragoman, National Research Institute in Microtechnology, Voluntari, Romania

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