CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Review of quantum fields; quantization of the electro-magnetic 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 404 and EECS 406 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

PREREQUISITES BY TOPICS

  • Quantum electronics
  • Optics

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:

  • Homeworks – 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.