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Unit information: Quantum Optics in 2015/16

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Unit name Quantum Optics
Unit code PHYSM0019
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Turner
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Quantum optics aims to describe the behaviour of light, including its interaction with matter, in a quantum

mechanical way. It is one of the best-tested and most accurate physical theories available to us. As a core

Quantum Engineering unit, this course will also lean heavily towards modelling concepts, as well as finding

applications, that arise in quantum information theory.

The following topics will be covered: review of classical electromagnetism, quantisation of the

electromagnetic field, coherence, quantum statistics, light-matter interaction, production, detection and

characterisation of quantum states of light, photonics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should:

- Be able to distinguish between classical and quantum descriptions of optical phenomena. - Be able to explain key experiments and the use of key theoretical tools in the field. - Be able to explain how the physics of photons plays out in the quantum information context. - Be able to give quantum optical models for various concepts from quantum information science.

Transferable skills include:

- The ability to solve demanding technical problems. - The ability to connect abstract concepts with physical systems.

Teaching Information

Lectures and assignments.Contact Hours Per Week 2-4.Student Input: Approximate breakdown, 20 contact hours, 80 hours of private study and assigned work.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment can include in-class questions and quizzes.

Summative assessment will be a 2 hour written final examination.

Reading and References

R. Louden, The Quantum Theory of Light, Oxford University Press, 2000.

U. Leonhardt, Essential Quantum Optics, Cambridge University Press 2010.

M. Fox, Quantum Optics An Introduction, Oxford University Press 2006.

Any material specified by the instructor.