FY8908 - Quantum Optics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 100/100

Course content

The course provides a basis for the quantum description of optics, lasers, and coherent optical processes. The covered topics include: quantum nature of light, notion of a photon, photon detection processes, coherent and squeezed states of the radiation field, lasers, and nonlinear optics. We further describe experimental techniques in quantum optics such as single-frequency lasers and single-photon sources, photon counters, optical cooling, squeezed states generators, and discuss future realizations of quantum computing, teleportation, and cryptography.

Learning outcome

After having passed the course the student is expected to:
- have an overview of the field of quantum optics
- be able to formulate and treat mathematical descriptions of basic quantum optical phenomena in terms of the quantized electro-magnetic field
- be able to formulate and treat mathematical descriptions of quantum optical coherence and incoherence as well as open quantum system dynamics
- be able to understand how some modern experiments in quantum optics are carried  out in particular with regard to photon detection processes, and computing, cryptography and  teleportation in the framework of quantum mechanics

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. Evaluation will be based on a final take home exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be announced when the semester starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TFY4292 7.5 2010-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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