Photonics and Quantum Optics I

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1FA664

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Physics A1F, Quantum Technology A1F, Technology A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2 March 2022
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

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.

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.