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Quantum Optics

  • 7.5 credits

Quantum optics is the study of light and its interaction with matter at microscopic scales, and forms the basis for many of today’s technologies and fields of research.

The course deals with experimental methods in quantum optics with an emphasis on quantum information applications and an overview of experimental techniques. These include generation and detection of single photons, quantum measurement, quantum noise, quantum correlation, light-atom interactions and experimental demonstrations of quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation.

  • Course structure

    This is an advanced course given during the daytime.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of both lectures and lab exercises.
    Laboratory participation is obligatory. Under special circumstances, the examiner can waive participation in certain obligatory lessons after consultation with the responsible instructor.
    The course may be given in English.


    Examination takes place through an oral exam and written laboratory report (the oral exam can be taken only upon submission of a written laboratory report).


    Ana Predojevic, tel: 08 5537 8504, e-mail: ana.predojevic@fysik.su.se

    Ana Predojevic, tel: 08 5537 8504, e-mail: ana.predojevic@fysik.su.se

    Shalina Salim, e-mail: shalina.salim@fysik.su.se


  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schedule FK7047 Autumn 2020

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    • “Quantum Optics An Introduction” by Mark Fox, Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-19-856673
    • “Introductory Quantum Optics 1st Edition” by Christopher Gerry, Peter Knight ISBN-13: 978-0521527354
      ISBN-10: 052152735X
  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:


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