Physics 404/581: Quantum and Nonlinear Optics
Spring 2018
Lectures: Monday and Wednesday, 2.003.20 p.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/phys404/phys404.htm 
Prerequisite: Phys314 Quantum Mechanics II or equivalent, or instructor permission
Course materials
There is no required textbook for the course. The lecture note will be based, in part, on following books:
Harvard/MIT AMO course lecture notes
C. C. Gerry and P.L. Knight: Introductory Quantum Optics, Cambridge University Press (available online through Swem library)
M.O. Scully and M.S. Zubairy: Quantum Optics, Cambridge University Press (available online through Swem library)
P. Meystre and M. Sargent III: Elements of Quantum Optics, Springer
R. Loudon: The Quantum Theory of Light, Oxford Science Publications
Course schedule and assignments
Evaluation
Graduate students: 

Homework 
40% 


Participation 
10% 


Midterm test 
20% 


Final exam 
30% 
Undergraduate students: 

Homework 
50% 


Participation 
10% 


Midterm test 
20% 


Final presentation 
20% 




Homework: all students will complete same weekly assignments. Each assignment will include additional problems exclusively for graduate students, which focus on applications of graduatelevel mathematical and computational methods. The assignments are due Mondays (see schedule for exact dates). Late assignments are accepted for one week with 50% penalty (unless the permission from the instructor was requested before the due date).
Participation: all students are expected to participate in the inclass discussion, as they will help with exploration of new material. Participation also reflects class attendance.
Midterm: all students will complete the same inclass midterm test, covering (roughly) the first part of the course material. For the undergraduate students this is the only examination.
Final exam: only graduate students have a takehome final exam, which will consist of two or three advanced (graduatelevel) problems, and will likely require application of concepts from graduatelevel quantum mechanics.
Final presentation: only undergraduate students will prepare a 20 minutes final presentation based on a recently published paper relevant to one of the class topics.