FS 2017: Quantum Optics: Light-Matter Interactions (4 KP)

VV-Nr 47188-01

LecturerProf. Dr. Philipp Treutlein
Time and placeLecture: Mondays 10:15–12:00, Klingelbergstr. 82, Neuer Hörsaal 1
Tutorial: Mondays 13:30–15:00, Klingelbergstr. 82, Neuer Hörsaal 1
Start Date20 February, 2017
Final Lecture29 May 2017
LanguageEnglish or German


Quantum control of matter with light and light with matter is at the heart of many spectacular advances in the field of quantum science and technology. Light-matter interactions play an essential role in a variety of systems such as ultracold atomic gases, trapped ions, NV centers in diamond, semiconductor quantum dots, optomechanical systems and, in the microwave domain, in superconducting devices. Experiments and theory are often closely connected in this field.

This lecture gives an introduction to the physics of light-matter interactions and its applications in quantum technology. Topics to be discussed include: Two-level system interacting with light, Rabi oscillations, Ramsey spectroscopy, optical Bloch equations, mechanical effects of light, laser cooling and trapping, Jaynes-Cummings model, spontaneous emission, cavity quantum electrodynamics, optomechanics, three-level atoms interacting with light: EIT, coherent population trapping, quantum memories for single photons, quantum metrology.


Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, classical optics and atomic physics.


Master of Physics, Master of Nanoscience, advanced Bachelor students.


Will be discussed in lecture.