Quantum Optics Lab

Treutlein Group


HS 2020: Quantum Optics - Quantum States of Light (4 KP)

VV-Nr 28346-01

LecturerProf. Dr. Philipp Treutlein, Prof. Dr. Richard Warburton
Time and placeTutorials: Mondays 10:15–12:00, online per Zoom
Lecture: Thursdays 14:15–16:00, online per Zoom
Start Date17th of September, 2020
Final Lecture17th of December 2020


Introduction to modern quantum optics, with a focus on quantum states of light
The lecture gives an introduction to the quantum-mechanical nature of light. We will start with a review of basic concepts of classical optics, after which we turn to theoretical concepts in understanding and describing quantum states of light. The lecture will conclude with an overview of key experiments in the field and recent advances to harness the nonclassical nature of light for quantum technologies.

The lecture will follow the following tentative table of contents:

01 - Gaussian Optics
02 - ABCD law
02 - Optical Resonator
03 - Quantization of EM fields
04 - Coherent states
05 - Light-matter interaction
06 - Coherence function
08 - Nonclassical states of light
09 - Nonclassical states of light - characterisation
10 - Test of Quantum Optics
11 - Applications of entanglement in quantum technology
12 - Experimental tests of quantum mechanics
13 - Quantum optics experiments and research


Knowledge of quantum mechanics and classical optics.


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


Introductory Quantum Optics (Gerry and Knight)