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Advanced Topics in Solid-State Quantum Optics - An ongoing course requiring participation for the full duration of the PhD study
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5849-16-11-41
PlaceNiels Bohr Institute
Date and timeMarch 2019 - June 2025
Regular seats20
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personJulie Meier Hansen    E-mail address: juliemh@nbi.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserAlexey Tiranov    E-mail address: alexey.tiranov@nbi.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Study boardStudy Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Semester/BlockAutumn ยค Spring
Scheme groupNot included in the scheme group
Exam requirementsParticipants must be associated with the Quantum Photonics group.
Exam detailsContinuous assessment based on presentations and discussions of scientific papers. To achieve 7.5 ECTS the student must present 3 papers and participate actively in at least 30 course days.
Exam aidsAll aids allowed
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Criteria for exam assessmentPhD students have to present a certain number of time before they pass the course. It is structured so that they have to attend this course for the three years of their PhD
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours


Solid-state devices with nanometer dimensions are playing an increasingly important role in modern quantum optics. A main research direction concerns exploiting solid-state single-photon emitters such as quantum dots for scalable quantum-information processing but semiconductor nanotechnology enables also studying fundamental physics in hitherto unexplored regimes of, e.g., quantum nonlinear optics, single-photon lasers, collective effects, and Casimir forces. The solid environment of solid-state quantum light sources are inherently complex due to interactions with phonons, charges, and nuclear spin ensembles, and concepts from many branches of physics are essential to grasp this highly interdisciplinary research field.

The classes are in the form of a journal club where the course participants take turns in presenting recent scientific papers. All participants must carefully read the paper beforehand and active participation in discussions is essential.

Learning outcome
This course aims at developing an understanding of key concepts in contemporary research on solid-state quantum optics, including obtaining awareness of breakthroughs in the field, building an ability to read highly specialized research papers, and developing a critical approach to the primary research literature. The topics will vary depending on recent research developments but topics that may be covered include: light-matter interaction in semiconductor quantum nanostructures, quantum dots, quantum electrodynamics, photonic topological insulators, excitonic quasiparticles, photonic crystals, optomechanics, semiconductor nanotechnology, Casimir effects, nanoelectromechanical systems, and Anderson localization of light.

Scientific papers on solid-state quantum optics recently published in top journals, e.g., Nature, Science, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, etc. The papers are selected by the presenting participants and distributed at least 5 days in advance.

Target group


Important information for students outside of Denmark:
This course is offered only for local students.

Teaching and learning methods
Journal club.

Participants are expected to have a strong background in quantum physics and must have attended courses in at least two of the following areas: quantum optics, optics, solid-state physics, and semiconductor nanotechnology.

Workload: approximately 4 hours per week.

The course is ongoing and requires participation for the full duration of the PhD studies (i.e. 3 years) to complete

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