Quantum States of Light

  • Akira Furusawa

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Mathematical Physics book series (BRIEFSMAPHY, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Akira Furusawa
    Pages 1-67
  3. Akira Furusawa
    Pages 69-100
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 101-104

About this book


This book explains what quantum states of light look like. Of special interest, a single photon state is explained by using a wave picture, showing that it corresponds to the complementarity of a quantum. Also explained is how light waves are created by photons, again corresponding to the complementarity of a quantum. The author shows how an optical wave is created by superposition of a "vacuum" and a single photon as a typical example. Moreover, squeezed states of light are explained as "longitudinal" waves of light and Schrödinger's cat states as macroscopic superposition states.


Complementarity Non-Gaussian states Quantum optics Single photon Squeezed state Wave picture

Authors and affiliations

  • Akira Furusawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Applied PhysicsThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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