J.C. Garrison and R.Y. Chiao
Oxford Graduate Texts 2008; $90.00 (hardcover).
This book offers a masterful exposition of quantum optics aimed at graduate students. The authors
adopt an effective approach of first presenting a basic model to convey the underlying physical
ideas before getting embroiled in a detailed theoretical treatment.
The authors use a starred section system to develop the material along two tracks, one intended
for readers who may approach the book without a firm understanding of quantum theory and
Maxwell’s equations and the other geared toward more advanced readers. Exercises are included
in all chapters to test the readers’ understanding of the material; the twin-track approach is also
The book embraces the major topics associated with a vast area of knowledge, and it manages
to include emergent applications in quantum information processing alongside insightful introductions to fundamental concepts. The book is produced to a very high standard and includes a strong
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