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Title:
Photons and atoms : introduction to quantum electrodynamics
Author:
Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude, 1933-
Uniform Title:
Photons et atomes. English
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xviii, 468 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Photons et atomes.

"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471845263
Format :
Book

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Summary

Presented here is a straightforward intermediate treatment of quantum electrodynamics. Beginning with the elementary quantum theory and classical electrodynamics, the book then develops the theory of low-energy interactions between matter and radiation, including the necessary mathematics. It provides a fundamental framework for the dynamics of the electromagnetic field and nonrelativistic charged particles, and presents the physical content of the theory and various formulations of the theory. This work bridges the gap between the short treatments of QED offered in laser optics texts and advanced works for field theorists.


Author Notes

About the authors CLAUDE COHEN-TANNOUDJI is Professor of Physics at the College de France. He is the coauthor of Quantum Mechanics, published by John Wiley. Dr. Cohen-Tannoudji is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, and has been invited to lecture at Harvard, New York University, Toronto, and Leiden. He earned his Doctorat en Sciences Physiques in atomic physics at the University of Paris. JACQUES DUPONT-ROC is Directeur of the Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Hertzienne de l'Ecole Normale Superieure and maintains a full time research position at CNRS. Dr. Dupont-Roc earned his PhD in atomic physics at the University of Paris. GILBERT GRYNBERG is Associate Professor of Physics at Ecole Poly-technique and maintains a full time research position at CNRS. Dr. Grynberg earned his PhD in atomic physics at the University of Paris.


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The most comprehensive treatment of the quantum theory of electromagnetic radiation since the last edition of W. Heitler's Quantum Theory of Radiation (3rd ed., 1954). The treatment has been modernized and the emphasis shifted from gamma radiation to the interaction of light with atoms, as befits the era of lasers as well as the principal author's expertise in theoretical atomic physics. The subject has matured since important paradoxes were resolved in the early 1950s. The connection between different formulations is fully explained. The emphasis is on problems occuring in atomic radiation and in lasers, which are treated from a fundamental point of view. The foundations of quantum electrodynamics are discussed well. The book is a welcome translation from the 1987 French edition, which in turn is based on the authors' advanced teaching. Some applications are given as worked exercises, but these stress theoretical methods, not phenomena. An advanced text for graduate students and theoretical physicists. -P. G. Klemens, University of Connecticut


Table of Contents

Classical Electrodynamics: The Fundamental Equations and the Dynamical Variables
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Approach to Electrodynamics
The Standard Lagrangian and the Coulomb Gauge
Quantum Electrodynamics in the Coulomb Gauge
Other Equivalent Formulations of Electrodynamics
Introduction to the Covariant Formulation of Quantum Electrodynamics
References
Index

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