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Cambridge University Press
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April 2013
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This book presents a systematic account of optical coherence theory within the framework of classical optics, as applied to such topics as radiation from sources of different states of coherence, foundations of radiometry, effects of source coherence on the spectra of radiated fields, coherence theory of laser modes, and scattering of partially coherent light by random media. The book starts with a full mathematical introduction to the subject area and each chapter concludes with a set of exercises. The authors are renowned scientists and have made substantial contributions to many of the topics treated in the book. Much of the book is based on courses given by them at universities, scientific meetings and laboratories throughout the world. This book will undoubtedly become an indispensable aid to scientists and engineers concerned with modern optics, as well as to teachers and graduate students of physics and engineering.


"...a superb monograph...The scholarship of the authors is truly impressive. The technical issues are presented in a balanced and clear way and the discussion is easily accessible...Mandel and Wolf have played a leading role in the elucidation of this theory for many years and so are well placed to present this masterly account of the field." The Times Higher Education Supplement

"The authors have collected an impressive array of material....The writing is clear and the material is presented in a logical sequence....[T]his tome is a welcome addition to the literature on coherent and quantum optics. It draws together many topics that one previously would have had to piece together by plowing through a lot of literature. It provides a coherent discussion of a difficult, emerging field, and it serves equally well as a useful reference book or as a graduate-level text." IEEE Spectrum

"As a single volume covering a broad swath of optical physics, Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics is without peer....It achieves unmatched coverage with a minimum of mathematical prerequisites while providing excellent citation of original literature, especially for comparisons of theory and experiment." Physics Today

"...a real bargain for anyone who needs a basic reference text on the subject." Microwave Journal

"Mandel and Wolf's treatise on the subject impresses by its volume and completeness....The book is unique in that it successfully brings together coherence theory and quantum theory of impressive summary of the experimental and theoretical developments over the last 30 years. It will, without a doubt, become a standard textbook and reference for anybody working in quantum optics." Science

"...presented in the scholarly and careful fashion that one would expect from the authors, and the chapters are a pleasure to read....All in all, Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics is a wonderful book....It is a definite must for any serious student of modern optics." American Journal of Physics

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