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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

**#5:** A Python program to solve the optical Bloch equations: optical_bloch.py

**#4:** Makeup problems are now available. __Only__ do as many as you need to make up for missed assignments or the exam. Submit your solutions before **Apr 10**.

**#3:** Term papers are due at 11 am on **Apr 18**.

**#2:** Here is a simple Python program for plotting Q-functions on a sphere: spin_functions.py.

**#1:** The first lecture will be on January 5th.

## Organization

**Lectures:** MP 408. Tuesday & Thursday, 9.30-11 am.

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

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

#### Prerequisites

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

- PHY 1485 (Laser Physics)
- PHY 1510 (Electromagnetism)
- PHY 1520 (Quantum Mechanics)
- 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).

## Grading

- Homework assignments (30%)
- Due in class, 1 week after the assignment is posted. 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.
- Topics for the term paper should be picked, and announced to me, by Week 6.
- I am looking for
**insight** in your term papers. Aim to provide a useful
synthesis of existing knowledge, or a new way of understanding a topic, or an interesting analysis of open problems/challenges in a field.