COHERENCE AND PROPERTIES OF THE RIGHT EIGENSTATES OF THE ANNIHILATION OPERATOR.
Rept. for Jun-Nov 67,
AEROSPACE CORP SAN BERNARDINO CALIF SAN BERNARDINO OPERATIONS
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The report reviews some of the more recent quantum mechanical aspects of photon counting, optical coherence, and the space-time correlation of a lightbeam. The coherent states of the radiation field are defined in terms of the photon number states, and it is seen that these coherent states are the best ones to describe a classical radiation field, in that photon number and phase have an exact compromise for these states. A short discussion of the phase state is given. Many properties of the coherent state are described, and the density matrix for a mixed coherent and noise field in the photon number representation is given. Author
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