Photons In Fock Space And Beyond (In 3 Volumes)

Photons In Fock Space And Beyond (In 3 Volumes)

(In 3 Volumes)

Reinhard Honegger, Alfred Rieckers


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The three-volume major reference “Photons in Fock Space and Beyond” undertakes a new mathematical and conceptual foundation of the theory of light emphasizing mesoscopic radiation systems. The quantum optical notions are generalized beyond Fock representations where the richness of an infinite dimensional quantum field system, with its mathematical difficulties and theoretical possibilities, is fully taken into account. It aims at a microscopic formulation of a mesoscopic model class which covers in principle all stages of the generation and propagation of light within a unified and well-defined conceptual frame.

The dynamics of the interacting systems is founded — according to original works of the authors — on convergent perturbation series and describes the developments of the quantized microscopic as well as the classical collective degrees of freedom at the same time. The achieved theoretical unification fits especially to laser and microwave applications inheriting objective information over quantum noise.

A special advancement is the incorporation of arbitrary multiply connected cavities where ideal conductor boundary conditions are imposed. From there arises a new category of classical and quantized field parts, apparently not treated in Quantum Electrodynamics before. In combination with gauge theory, the additional “cohomological fields” explain topological quantum effects in superconductivity. Further applications are to be expected for optoelectronic and optomechanical systems.

  • Volume I: From Classical to Quantized Radiation Systems:
    • Preliminaries on Electromagnetism
    • Classical Electrodynamics in L2-Hilbert Spaces
    • Classical Electrodynamics in the Smeared Field Formalism
    • Statistical Classical Electrodynamics
    • Canonical Quantization and Weyl Algebras
    • Deformation Quantization
    • Optical States, Optical Coherence
  • Volume II: Quantized Mesoscopic Radiation Models:
    • Squeezing
    • Black Body Radiation
    • Mesoscopic Electronic Matter Algebras and States
    • Weakly Inhomogeneous Interactions
    • Quantized Radiation Models
  • Volume III: Mathematics for Photon Fields:
    • Observables and Algebras
    • States and Their Decomposition Measures
    • Dynamics and Perturbation Theory
    • Gauges and Fiber Bundles

Readership: This three-volume series is recommended for graduate students and researchers working in rigorous Electrodynamics, Quantum Optics and Quantum Field Theory in general.
Key Features:
  • On the side of Physics, “Photons in Fock Space and Beyond” extends the applicability of quantum optical notions far beyond the usual scope of the quantum optical literature by using more general optical cavities and theoretical ansatzes. By establishing a systematic conceptual frame, many fundamental questions of photon theory are clarified by mathematical arguments
  • On the side of Mathematical Physics, certain parts of the theory of vector fields with boundary conditions, of operator algebras, ergodic theory, convexity, measures on dual spaces, perturbation theory and electrodynamic gauge bundles are not only treated in an introductory fashion but also supplemented in an original manner
  • The unique feature of that exposition of mathematical disciplines is their integration into a comprehesive line of thought within a deductive physical theory