Lancaster: American Physical Society, 1963. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF GLAUBER'S TWO NOBLE PRIZE WINNING PAPERS PRESENTING HIS QUANTUM THEORY OF OPTICAL COHERENCE -- the quantum mechanical basis of different types of light. “No real in-depth theory of light based on quantum theory existed before Roy Glauber established the foundation for quantum optics in 1963” (Nobel Prize Committee). In the first paper, Glauber’s seminal theory, at first controversial but now widely used in the field of quantum optics, differentiates between laser (coherent) light and normal (blackbody) light. In the second, also published in 1963, Glauber wrote: “We have developed general quantum mechanical methods for the investigation of such correlation effects and shall present here results for the distribution of the number of photons counted in an incoherent beam” (Glauber, 1963).
Arguing that photon correlation experiments must be based on a consistent application of quantum electrodynamics, Glauber showed how the quantum theory has to be formulated in order to describe the detection process. "This also served to bring out the distinction between the behaviour of thermal light sources and presently common coherent sources such as lasers and quantum amplifiers. [Glauber’s] theory uses the formalism of quantum electrodynamics to describe the absorption of a photon in a detector. By correlating several such detectors, [Glauber showed how] one may obtain higher order correlations, which [then] display clearly the characteristic features of quantum radiation" (Nobel Prize Website). Glauber’s work formed the basis for the development of Quantum Optics when it was written and still does to this day. Glauber was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in optical coherence in 2005. Item #1310
CONDITION & DETAILS: 2 issues in original paper wraps. "The Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence" in Physical Review has some chipping to the paper at the head of the spine, otherwise near fine condition inside and out. “Photon Correlations” in Physical Review Letters is pristine inside and out.