Theoretical Quantum Optics WS 2015/16

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Walter Hofstetter 


Course Information

    • The evaluation of the lecture will take place on Tuesday 15.12. at 11:30.
    • The first exam (Modulprüfung) will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, in the room Physik 01.114.
    • The repeat exam (Wiederholungs-Modulprüfung) will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, in the room Physik 01.101.
    • The course will start on Oct 13, 2015.




    • Quantization of electromagnetic fields and properties of coherent states 
    • Squeezed states
    • Phase space representation
    • Wigner function
    • Quantum mechanics of open systems
    • Lindblad and Fokker-Plank equations
    • Quantum Markov-process 
    • Decoherence and theory of measurement
    • Handling quantum information with quantum optical systems
    • Cavity QED
    • Theory of lasers
    • Light forces 
    • Ultracold atomic gases


    Dates and Location


    Dates:Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:00
    Location:Phys. 01.114


    Lecture Notes


    Lecture #DateTopic Preliminary Script Complete Script and papers
    113.10.2015Quantization of the electromagnetic field

    chapter 1

    Nobel prize 2012: controlled quantum systems of atoms and light

    215.10.2015Thermal and coherent stateslecture 2single-photon device
    3-420.10.2015Squeezed states, classical vs. quantum coherence

    lecture 3-4a

    lecture 3-4b

    chapter 2
    5-627.10.2015Quantum coherence, photon bunchinglecture 5-6
    7-803.11.2015Beam splitters, Mach-Zehnder interferometer, P-representation of the electromagnetic field

    lecture 7-8a

    lecture 7-8b

    Hanbury-Brown and Twiss ExperimentHong-Ou-Mandel interferometerinterference of two BECsbunching vs antibunching in ultracold atomsphoton antibunchingquantum statistics
    9-1010.11.2015Representations of the electromagnetic field: Q-, P- and Wigner functionlecture 9-10

    chapter 3

    Bosonic collapse/revival and the Q-function

    11-1217.11.2015Atom-field interactions, classical and quantumlecture 11-12chapter 4
    13-1424.11.2015Stimulated emission, Rabi- and Jaynes-Cummings-model, vacuum Rabi oscillationslecture 13-14
    15-1601.12.2015Collapse and revival, dressed states, entanglement and von Neumann entropylecture 15-16Rydberg atoms in cavity QED
    17-1808.12.2015Entanglement, von Neumann entropy, generalized measurement, quantum maps for open systems

    lecture 17-18a

    lecture 17-18b

    Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and Bell inequalitylong-distance entangled photons
    19-2015.12.2015Kraus representation, quantum noise for a Qbit, optical Bloch equationslecture 19-20chapter 5
    2122.12.2015Optical Bloch equations, Lindblad master equationlecture 21
    22-2312.01.2016Lindblad master equation, damped harmonic oscillatorlecture 22-23
    24-2519.01.2016Dissipative 2-state system, quantum Brownian motionlecture 24-25
    26-2726.01.2016Quantum Brownian motion

    lecture 26-27

    28-2902.02.2016Master equation versus numerical renormalization groupDissipative dynamics of 2 spins2-level system in an atomic quantum dot
    30-3109.02.2016Trapped ion quantum computation
    lecture 30-31Quantum measurement and decoherenceQuantum non-demolition measurement
    chapter 6




    Dr. Tao Qin   


    Wed 14:00 - 16:00Phys 01.101

    Andreas Geissler




    Tutorial #DateTopicPoints
    113.10.2015 Displacement operatorset1 points
    220.10.2015Squeeze operator and squeezed coherent stateset2 points
    327.10.2015Casimir effectset3 points
    403.11.2015Hanbury Brown-Twiss experimentset4 points
    510.11.2015Beam splitter operatorset5 points
    617.11.2015Homodyne detectionset6 points
    724.11.2015Representation functionsset7 points
    801.12.2015Dressed states and Rabi modelset8 points
    908.12.2015Jaynes-Cummings modelset9 points
    1015.12.2015Two-photon Jaynes-Cumming modelset10 points
    1112.01.2016Decoherence by phase dampingset11 points
    1219.01.2016Superposition of coherent statesset12 points
    1326.01.2016Lindblad equationset13 points
    15.02.2016Total points
    total points





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