SpringerBriefs in Physics

Optical Precursors

From Classical Waves to Single Photons

Authors: Chen, J., Jeong, H., Loy, M., Du, S.

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Ever since Einstein’s special relativity in 1905, the principle of invariant light speed in vacuum has been attracting attention from a wide range of disciplines. How to interpret the principle of light speed? Is light referred to continuous light, or light pulse with definite boundaries? Recent discovery of superluminal medium triggered vigorous discussion within the Physics community. Can communication via such “superluminal channel” break the speed limit and thus violate causality principle? Or, will a single photon, which is not governed by classical laws of Physics, tend to break the speed limit? To solve these problems, this Brief  brings in Optical Precursors, the theoretical works for which started as early as 1914. This is a typical optical phenomenon combining wave propagation theory and light-wave interaction. Both theory and experimental works are covered in this Brief. The study of precursor verifies that the effective information carried by light pulses can never exceed the speed of light in vacuum- c. Further, through observation from nonclassical single photon source, the precursor rules out the probability of a single photon traveling with the speed, breaking the classical limit.

About the authors

Professor Michael Loy earned both his BSc (1966) and PhD (1971) degrees at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined HKUST in 1993 as Professor of Physics and served as Dean of Science from 1998 to 2004. Before coming to HKUST, Professor Loy worked for more than 20 years at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is also a member of the Optical Society of America. His main research interests include nonlinear optical propagation effects, two-photon coherent transients, nonlinear optical studies of surfaces, the state-selective studies of molecule-surface interactions. His recent work involves desorption of molecules from surfaces induced by femtosecond laser pulses.

Prof Shengwang Du joined HKUST's Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor in 2008. He obtained BS in Electrical Engineering from Nanjing University, MS in Physics from Peking University, MS in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He had been a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University before joining HKUST.

Prof. Jiefei Chen obtained her PhD in Physics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is currently Professor in the Department of Physics at the East China Normal University. Her areas of interest are Atomic and Molecular Optics, Quantum optics, and Nonlinear Optics.

Dr. Heejeong Jeong is a Research Staff Member at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in Yong-in, Korea. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Physics Dept. at Duke Univ., Durham, NC in 2006 for her study of the Optical Precursors using cold potassium atoms, under the supervision of Dr. Daniel J. Gauthier. She continued her research of Optical Precursors for two years at Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. In 2008, she joined Samsung Electronics (Suwon, Korea) and moved to SAIT to carry out research and development of next generation optoelectronic devices.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Chen, Jiefei (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Theory of Optical Precursors

    Chen, Jiefei (et al.)

    Pages 13-31

  • Searching for Precursors: From Microwave to Primary Optical Experiments

    Chen, Jiefei (et al.)

    Pages 33-43

  • Observation of Optical Precursors in Cold Atoms

    Chen, Jiefei (et al.)

    Pages 45-64

  • Optical Precursor of a Single Photon

    Chen, Jiefei (et al.)

    Pages 65-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Optical Precursors
Book Subtitle
From Classical Waves to Single Photons
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Physics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-4451-94-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-4451-94-9
Softcover ISBN
978-981-4451-93-2
Series ISSN
2191-5423
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 79
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
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