A quantum description of the beam splitter Academic Article uri icon


  • We derive the unitary transformation that embodies the action of a lossless plane-parallel beam splitter on an incident light beam. We use the transformation to illustrate with some examples how fluctuations and noise in one light mode may get coupled with those in another mode. 1987.

published proceedings

  • Optics Communications

author list (cited authors)

  • Prasad, S., Scully, M. O., & Martienssen, W.

citation count

  • 132

complete list of authors

  • Prasad, Sudhakar||Scully, Marlan O||Martienssen, Werner

publication date

  • May 1987