EE539/PHY576/PHY427: Introduction to Quantum Optics for Scientists and Engineers
Spring 2017: 11:30-12:50 MW EEB 031
The course aims to give the student the basic tools to model simple quantum optical systems and to understand the current literature in the field. Topics include mathematical methods for quantum optics, quantization of the electromagnetic field, quantum states of light, quantum distribution theory, photon detection and quantum correlation functions, atom-classical field interaction, atom-quantum field interactions, and CQED applications.
Instructor: Kai-Mei Fu
office hours@EEB031: MW12:50-1:20 after class and by appointment
TA: Srivatsa Chakravarthi
lab: Physics/Astronomy (PA) B065
office hours@PAB439: Mon 8:00-10:00
Strong background in linear algebra required. Background in quantum mechanics and electromagnetism is helpful.
The main text is the course notes. However some students have found it valuable to have a text. Here are some recommended texts. Bold abbreviations are referred to in the course schedule.
HO: Couse readings (on website)
DM: David A.B. Miller Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers
SZ: Scully & Zubairy Quantum Optics
BM: Berman and Malinovsky Principles of Laser Spectroscopy and Quantum Optics
Steck’s Quantum Optics Notes
Cohen-Tannoudji, Dupont-Roc & Grynberg Photons and Atoms
Cohen-Tannoudji, Dupont-Roc, Grynberg Atom-photon interactions
Mathematica: Many problem sets will have a large computational component. Any computational program is acceptable however Mathematica is recommended. It is free for all students. http://www.engr.washington.edu/mycoe/computing/software/install_mathematica
Coursework and grading:
Problem sets: 78% (7 sets, lowest score dropped)
Final Presentation: 22%
Problem sets are due by 5:00 p.m. No submissions will be accepted after solutions have been posted.