Course Code PHE436
Semester 8
Category Optional
Points 3
ECTS Units 6
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Recommended Reading

“Lectures Notes: Introduction to Quantum Optics”, by A. T. Georges.

«Quantum Optics», M. O. Scully and M. S. Zubairy (Cambridge, 1997).

«Quantum Optics: An Introduction», M. O. Fox (Oxford, 2006).

Course Description

1. Review of Quantum Mechanics

  • Time dependent perturbation theory, two level atom – field interaction, harmonic oscillator, creation and destruction operators.

2. Density Matrix Operator

  • Equation of motion, decay of atomic states, electronic polarization, two-photon interaction.

3. Quantization of Electromagnetic Fields

  • Coherent states, autocorrelation functions, and coherence properties of EM fields.

4. Interaction of Atoms with Quantized EM Fields

  • Second quantization, Wigner-Weisskopf theory of spontaneous emission, quantum beats in fluorescence.

5. Resonance Fluorescence

  • Coherent and incoherent scattering, the triplet spectrum under strong excitation, two-time intensity correlation, photon anti-bunching, squeezed states of the field.