This special issue of the Journal of Modern Optics consists
of articles based on selected research presentations at the
conference on the Physics of Quantum Electronics held in
Snowbird Utah, 8-11 January, 2001.
The Physics of Quantum Electronics is a series of workshops
that were initiated by Marlan Scully and Stephen Jacobs
in 1968. Three- or four-day winter meetings (the present
format) have been held annually since 1971, and have been
held in Snowbird since 1978. Some of the earlier meetings were
documented through published proceedings, but there have been
no published proceedings since 1984.
Many participants in recent meetings have felt that it would be
highly desirable to return to the publication of a proceedings
volume. Presentations at the Physics of Quantum Electronics
tend to be of extremely high quality and from leaders in
their research fields. The informal setting of the Snowbird
location tends to encourage discussion among the participants,
leading to rapid advancement of the respective research fields.
This special issue consists of 30 research papers spanning
many of the current research areas of quantum electronics,
including electromagnetically induced transparency and other
quantum coherence effects, laser physics and applications,
quantum optics, Wigner distributions, coherent control of
reactions, nano-optics, and atomic cooling.
Robert W. Boyd
University of Rochester, USA
Marlan O. Scully
Texas A&M University, USA