Colloquia

Colloquium
Friday, October 6, 2006
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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"Nonclassical Light and Glauber's Theory of Optical Coherence"


Howard Carmichael , University of Auckland, New Zealand
[Host: Olivier Pfister]
ABSTRACT:
The year 2005 celebrated the seminal contributions of Albert Einstein to physics, including his treatment of the photoelectric effect and his introduction of the quantum of light. The same year saw Roy Glauber awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics -- ``for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence''. My talk will explore the connections between Glauber's and Einstein's work, while at the same time posing the question...in what sense, exactly, does light act as a particle and not a wave?
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