Quantum optics (Wintersemester 2016)

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  • Docent: Eric Lutz
  • Lecture: Wednesday 08:00 to 10:00 in lecture hall F
  • Exercises: Wednesday 16:00 to 18:00 in SR 02.729
  • Exam: Wednesday 15.02.2017 10:00 to 12:00 in lecture hall E
  • Exam review: Wednesday 01.03.2017 from 10:00 to 12:00 in Room 02.771.


The lecture is intended as an introduction to the concepts and methods of theoretical quantum optics. It will cover the following topics: Quantization of the electromagnetic field - Quantum states of light - Casimir effect - Coherence properties - Photon statistics - Atom-photon interaction - Laser cooling of atoms - Open quantum systems - Decoherence. It will strongly emphasize the connection between theory and experiment and discuss recent literature.


Exercise sheets


Books

  • M. Fox, Quantum optics (Oxford, 2006) - elementary
  • C. Gerry and P. Knight, Introductory quantum optics (Cambridge, 2005) - elementary
  • R. Loudon. Quantum theory of light (Oxford, 2001) - a classic
  • D. F. Walls and G.J. Millburn, Quantum optics (Springer, 2008) - a classic
  • L. Mandel and E. Wolf, Optical coherence and quantum optics (Cambridge, 1995) - advanced
  • W.P. Schleich, Quantum optics in phase space, (Wiley, 2001) - different
  • M.O. Scully and M.S. Zubairy, Quantum optics (Cambridge, 1997) - different


Video

Roy Glauber: What is quantum optics?