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Advanced Quantum Optics and Photonics
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5901-22-11-31
Enrollment deadline: 25/03/2022
Date and timeApril 2022 - June 2022
Regular seats20
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personJulie Meier Hansen    E-mail address: juliemh@nbi.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserLeonardo Midolo    E-mail address: midolo@nbi.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 4
Block note1 Block
Scheme groupB
Exam formOral examination, 25 min
Exam detailsThe student draws one of the exam questions which are given in advance. The student is expected to talk about the question for approximately 15 minutes followed by a discussion of the rest of the curriculum. There is no preparation time.
Exam aidsWriten aids allowed
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Censorship formNo external censorship Several internal examiners
Exam re-examinationSame as regular exam
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours


The course will introduce the students to advanced topics in quantum optics, especially in solid-state nanophotonic systems. It provides a detailed description of the quantum treatment of light-matter interaction and an introduction to relevant research topics such as quantum electrodynamics with quantum dots and photonic quantum information processing.

The interaction between photons, phonons and artificial atoms such as quantum dots will be the core topic of the course. Other topics include:
•The Wigner-Weisskopf theory of spontaneous emission in nanostructures.
•Master equation and Heisenberg-Langevin equations. Decoherence.
•Nanophotonic control of light-matter interaction.
•Introduction to solid-state quantum emitters (quantum dots).
•Introduction to quantum optomechanics.
•Introduction to photonic quantum information processing.

Learning outcome
The aim of the course is to bring the students at a level where they are capable of comprehending modern research literature on quantum optics and quantum nanophotonics.

The course will provide the following knowledge and skills:

•Understanding of open systems and the noise and losses introduced due to interactions with reservoirs.
•Basics of solid-state quantum emitters
•Fundamentals of quantum light-matter interactions in nanophotonic systems
•Description of quantum optomechanics system

•Ability to select photonic structures to enhance quantum optical interactions, based on an understanding of nanophotonic structures and how these are numerically modelled.
•The ability to model quantum light-matter interactions in quasi-one-dimensional nanophotonic systems.
•An understanding of the experimental aspects of quantum information processing with photons and the basics of quantum photonic integrated circuits.

The competences acquired during this course, will put the student in the position to do research in a modern quantum optics laboratory.

will be announced later

Target group

The course is offered to MSc and PhD students. For complete course description and MSc sign-up go to this link

PhD students: for information on sign-up, please see below.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and exercises including small group projects.


Academic Recommended Qualifications

It is recommended that the students have followed the Quantum Optics course or similar. It is assumed that the students have a good background in quantum mechanics, e.g., through following the physics curriculum for the first three years or similar. Also it may be an advantage if the students have followed a course on Optical Physics and Lasers.

Sign Up:

PhD students should apply via the credit student application at >> this link.  Please enter the course code NFYK18004U.

If you have questions please contact Julie Meier Hansen.

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