# PHY2203H S specialized: Quantum Optics I

Course Title | PHY2203H S specialized |
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Session | winter |

Year of Study | 1st year |

Time and Location |
Time: T2, R11 Room: MP408 |

Course Homepage | Link to Course Homepage |

Aephraim
Steinberg |

#### Official Description

**Topics:**

**Topics:**This course will introduce the fundamental concepts and phenomena of quantum optics from an

experimentalist's perspective. It will focus mostly on the "semiclassical" theory, which treats the

interaction of classical fields with quantum systems, but will also introduce some basic features

of the quantum theory of light, including nonclassical states of light, two-photon interference, et

cetera.

We will seek to understand light-matter interactions from a variety of perspectives, and to

learn how these fit together -- these will include the Lorentz model, rate equations (the Einstein A&B

coefficients), the optical Bloch equations, and the full quantum-mechanical Hamiltonian. We will use

these approaches to address a variety of problems such as the theory of laser operation, the basics of

nonlinear optics, pulse echoes, adiabatic rapid passage, and mechanical effects of light on atoms.

Along the way, we will revisit topics such as gaussian-beam propagation, properties of optical cavities,

polarisation optics, and important optical components such as electro-optic and acousto-optic modulators.

Time permitting, we may touch on some modern topics such as quantum cryptography or teleportation,

electromagnetically induced transparency and quantum memory, metamaterials, et cetera.

Until the newsyllabus is finalized, you can get an idea of the goals of the course from http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~aephraim/485/,

from the days when a single course attempted to cover much of what is now split between PHY1485 and

PHY2203.

Prerequisite: | PHY1485H/485H or equivalent |
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Textbook |
"Introductory Quantum Optics" by Gerry and Knight |