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ELEC_ENG 407: Quantum Optics

Quarter Offered

Spring : 3:30-4:50 MW ; Yuen

Prerequisites

ELEC_ENG 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: Ulf Leonhardt. (2010). Essential Quantum Optics: From Quantum Measurements to Black Holes, Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0521145053 

REFERENCE TEXT: Herman A. Haus. (2000). Electromagnetic Noise and Quantum Optical Measurements, Springer. ISBN-13: 978-3540652724

COURSE DIRECTOR: Prof. Horace Yuen

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

PREREQUISITES BY COURSES: ELEC_ENG 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.