Families of bose rays in quantum optics

Mukunda, N. ; Sudarshan, E. C. G. ; Simon, R. (1988) Families of bose rays in quantum optics Foundations of Physics, 18 (3). pp. 277-306. ISSN 0015-9018

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Having known classical wave optics and wave mechanics, can we reverse Schrodinger's path and extend the concept of families of rays of light to provide a new exact rendering of quantum optics including the Bose nature of photons? This question is answered in the affirmative, and the implications of the Bose symmetry for certain nonlocal correlations of the many-ray distribution functions are worked out. The similarities and the differences between classical and quantum wave optics are brought out. The ray-ray Bose correlation is analyzed. The generating functional for the many-ray distribution functions is formulated; and the notion of paraxial illumination for quantum optics is made precise.

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