The Quantum theory of damping and the Raman Effect
McNeil, K. J. (1973). The Quantum theory of damping and the Raman Effect (Thesis, Bachelor of Philosophy). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/10168
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The basis of this dissertation is a review of the quantum mechanical formulation of damping and stimulation, particularly in non-linear optical processes. The basic problems of the quantum theory of damping are discussed, and the formalism for the quantum theory is introduced. The study of a particular example, that of a damped simple harmonic oscillator, provides an introduction to the handling of the basic tool, the master equation. The physical aspects of the non-linear processes are contained in the systems' photon statistics, and the master equation provides several approaches for obtaining these. This theory is then used to formulate a quantum mechanical model of Raman scattering by phonons, and to thus obtain the photon statistics of the scattered radiation.
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