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

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

"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
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Central Library QC680 .C6413 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Photons and Atoms

Photons and Atoms: Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics provides the necessary background to understand the various physical processes associated with photon-atom interactions. It starts with elementary quantum theory and classical electrodynamics and progresses to more advanced approaches. A critical comparison is made between these different, although equivalent, formulations of quantum electrodynamics.

Using this format, the reader is offered a gradual, yet flexible introduction to quantum electrodynamics, avoiding formal discussions and excessive shortcuts. Complementing each chapter are numerous examples and exercises that can be used independently from the rest of the book to extend each chapter in many disciplines depending on the interests and needs of the reader.

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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Choice Review

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

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