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EECS 407: Quantum Optics

Quarter Offered

Winter : 2-3:20 MW ; Yuen

Prerequisites

EECS 406 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

Description

Review of quantum fields; quantization of the electromagnetic field; photodetection theory; direct, homodyne and heterodyne detection; squeezed and photon-number state generation; application to optical communication and interferometers; introduction to quantum cryptography and quantum computation.

REQUIRED TEXT: Mandel and Wolf, Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics, Cambridge Univ. Press

REFERENCE TEXTS: Haus, Electromagnetic Noise and Quantum Optical Measurements, Springer, 2000

COURSE DIRECTOR: Prof. Horace Yuen

COURSE GOALS: Cover the basics of quantum optics with selected recent topics.

PREREQUISITES BY COURSES: EECS 406 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

PREREQUISITES BY TOPICS: Quantum electronics

DETAILED COURSE TOPICS:

•    Week 1-2 Abstract quantum formalism, quantization of electromagnetic fields, coherent states.
•    Week 3-4 Squeezed states, balanced homodyne detection, effect of loss.
•    Week 5-6 Multimode analysis, coherence in quantum and classical sense.
•    Week 7-8 Different kinds of amplifiers, nonlinear optical realizations of nonclassical devices.
•    Week 9-10 Selected topics in quantum cryptography and quantum computation.

COMPUTER USAGE: None

LABORATORY PROJECTS: None

GRADES: Homework – 50% Project – 50%

COURSE OBJECTIVES: When a student completes this course, s/he should be able to:

•    Understand the basic nonclassical effects in quantum electronics.
•    Perform simple calculations on such effects in typical systems.