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The Quantum Vacuum: An Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics

The Quantum Vacuum: An Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics is a physics textbook authored by Peter W. Milonni in 1993. The book provides a careful and thorough treatment of zero-point energy, spontaneous emission, the Casimir, van der Waals forces, Lamb shift and anomalous magnetic moment of the electron at a level of detail not found in other introductory texts to quantum electrodynamics.

The Quantum Vacuum : An Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics
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AuthorPeter W. Milonni
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectModern physics
GenreNon-fiction
Publisher
Publication date
November 1993
Media typePrint, e-book
Pages539 pp.
ISBN0-12-498080-5
OCLC28709624
Preceded byLasers
Followed byFast Light, Slow Light, and Left-Handed Light

The first chapter, Zero‐Point Energy in Early Quantum Theory, was originally published in 1991 in the American Journal of Physics.

In 2008 Milonni received the Max Born Award "For exceptional contributions to the fields of theoretical optics, laser physics and quantum mechanics, and for dissemination of scientific knowledge through authorship of a series of outstanding books".

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