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Single-Photon Sources and Detectors Book: Chapter 1: Introduction



Joshua C. Bienfang, Jingyun Fan, Alan L. Migdall, Sergey V. Polyakov


In the beginning there was light. And it was good. Not long thereafter people began to look for a comprehensive understanding of its nature. While the publication record starts o a little spotty, in the fth century BC the Greek philosopher Empedocles concluded that light consists of rays that emanate from the eye. This point of view was questioned using what today might be characterized as a local realism argument by Euclid in his classic text on light propagation Optica. Euclid hypothesized that rays of light are emitted by external sources. But it was not until Ibn al-Haytham in 1000 AD that this view was put on a scienti c footing.
Single-Photon Sources and Detectors
Publisher Info
Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA


history of single-photon technology, sources, detector, applications of single photons


Bienfang, J. , Fan, J. , Migdall, A. and Polyakov, S. (2013), Single-Photon Sources and Detectors Book: Chapter 1: Introduction, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, [online], (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created November 29, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017