Physics 481/690: Quantum Optics
Fall 2015
Lectures: Monday and Wednesday, 10.0010:50 a.m. in Small 233
Instructor: Irina Novikova
Office: Small 251 
Email: ixnovi[at]wm.edu 
Office hours: TBD 
Telephone: (757) 2213693 
Website: http://physics.wm.edu/~inovikova/QuantOptF15/phys481.htm 
Prerequisite: Phys314 Quantum Mechanics II or equivalent
Required text: C. C. Gerry and P.L. Knight: Introductory Quantum Optics, Cambridge University Press.
Homework: 6 assignments (see course schedule for due dates)
Grading: 

Homework 
40% 


Midterm test 
30% 


Final presentation 
30% 
Course schedule and Homework Assignments
Tentative course content
Quantum field theory of light
Quantization of an electromagnetic field, quadrature operators, vacuum fluctuations and the zeropoint energy
Simple quantum states of light
Coherent states, thermal states, Fock (number) states, squeezed light
Beam splitter, interferometers and detectors
Quantum mechanics of beam splitters, interferometry with single photon and interactionfree measurements, photodetectors and quantum tomography, quantum coherence functions
Emission and absorption of radiation by atoms
Atomfield interactions, Rabi and JaynesCummings models, dissipative interactions
Optical tests of quantum mechanics
Entanglement, quantum eraser, optical tests of local realism, Bell’s theorem, nondemolition measurements, quantum teleportation.