1963. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF THE 2 Volumes including ROY 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 #485
CONDITION & DETAILS: The volumes are the same size, 4to. (10.25 x 8 inches; 256 x 200mm ). The first volume includes the February 1, 1963 paper and is bound in green buckram and bears only a small blind (invisible but raised text) stamp of the front flyleaf. The second volume, June 15, 1963 is bound in brown buckram with minimal markings (pictorial plate on paste down and no spine markings whatsoever). Both volumes are illustrated with in-text figures throughout and both are tightly and solidly bound. Both volumes are also bright and very clean throughout. Near fine condition.