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This is a graduate course on quantum optics. We will examine
the physics of the quantum electromagnetic field, and its interactions
with other quantum mechanical objects (resonators, circuits, atoms).

**Instructor email:** amar.vutha@utoronto

## Announcements

**#8:** Extended deadline for term papers: **5 pm on Apr 16**. Please email them to me as PDF files.

**#7:** No class on March 22, Thursday. Homework #4 due on March 26.

**#6:** Reading week: No class during the week of Feb 19.

**#5:** Here is a simple Python program for plotting Q-functions on a sphere: spin_functions.py. You can also use the built-in functions in QuTip to do something similar.

**#4:** Reading assignment: Ekert & Knight, *Entangled quantum systems and the Schmidt decomposition*.

**#3:** Final term paper due date: Apr 9. In-class exam: Mar 15.

**#2:** Please note the change in the class times.

**#1:** The first lecture will be on January 4th.

## Organization

**Lectures:** MP 1115. Monday & Thursday, 9.30-11 am.

**Office hours:** (by appointment) MP 1101. Monday, 2 pm.

#### Prerequisites

A strong graduate level background in classical electromagnetism
and quantum mechanics will be assumed. Recommended prerequisites
are:

- PHY 1485 (Laser Physics)
- PHY 2203 (Quantum Optics I)

Contact the instructor if you are concerned about your background.

#### Textbook

CC Gerry and PL Knight, *Introductory Quantum Optics*, Cambridge (2004).

You are also welcome to use *Dan Steck's quantum optics notes*.

We will occasionally refer to:

S Haroche, J-M Raimond, *Exploring the Quantum: Atoms, Cavities, and Photons*, Oxford (2013).

**Lecture notes**: shared notes for topics not covered in the textbooks.

## Grading

- Homework assignments (30%)
- Due in class, 1 week after the assignment is handed out. Please type up your solutions, or write them
**very clearly**.

- In-class exam (30%)
- Term paper (40%)
- The term paper must be in two-column journal article format. Maximum length 6 pages.
- Term paper topics should be picked and announced to me by Week 6.
- I am looking for
**new insights** in your term papers. You can develop a new way of understanding a topic, or provide a coherent synthesis of existing knowledge on a topic, or identify/solve an open problem in the field.