Syllabus for Photonics and Quantum Optics I

Fotonik och kvantoptik I


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA664
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F, Technology A1F, Quantum Technology A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2022-03-02
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits in science/engineering. Participation in the courses Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Course and Solid State Physics I/F. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

●      identify and describe quantum optical phenomena in different systems,

●      develop physical models of quantum optical phenomena,

●      investigate quantum optical phenomena qualitatively and quantitatively,

●      apply the principles and methods quantum optics and photonics to analyze the interaction between photons and matter,

●      give examples of applications of quantum optics and photonics, explain the underlying concepts,

●      solving problems within photonics and quantum optics both orally and in writing.


Light as waves, rays and photons. Quantization of free radiation and Hamiltonian of quantized radiation. One-photon wave packet. Spontaneous parametric downconversion. Applications in photon detection and generation. Linear and angular momentum of radiation. Ground state of quantum radiation, vacuum fluctuations, Casimir effect. Single-mode and multimode quantum radiation. Squeezed states of light. Polarization-entangled photons. Quantum information.


Lectures, computer simulations, laboratory work, problem solving sessions.


Written hand-in assignments and problem solving at seminars.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Grynberg, Gilbert.; Aspect, Alain.; Fabre, Claude. Introduction to Quantum Optics [Elektronisk resurs] : From the Semi-classical Approach to Quantized Light.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010

    Table of Contents / Abstracts

    Find in the library