This website is no longer updated.

As of 1.10.2022, the Faculty of Physics has been merged into the TUM School of Natural Sciences with the website For more information read Conversion of Websites.

de | en

Photonic Quantum Technologies

Module CIT4430005

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

CIT4430005 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Focus Area Experimental Quantum Science & Technology in M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology
  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Photons travel with the speed of light and in various media can travel large distance without significant absorption. Therefore, they play a unique role in quantum technologies. The semiconductor platform is ideally suited for the generation of quantum states of light using quantum emitters and optically active spin qubits as well as for routing photons and creating effective photon-photon-interactions. This lecture will cover the fundamentals of photonic quantum technologies and highlight key applications. Specific aspects are:
• Fundamentals of quantum photonics
• Examples of optically-active semiconductor qubits
• Quantum communication
• Photonic quantum computing

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students have expertise in the following areas and are able to assess developments:
• single qubits, two-qubit states and quantum entanglement
• coherent light-matter interaction and resonator QED
• the advantages and disadvantages of different optically-active semiconductor quantum systems
• generation, manipulation and detection of single photons
• different protocols for quantum communication and their implementation


No Prerequisites

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Photonic Quantum Technologies Müller, K. Thu, 15:00–16:30, EI-Gar 03.5901.022
UE 2 Photonic Quantum Technologies Müller, K. Petric, M. Thu, 16:30–18:00, EI-Gar 03.5901.022

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the thematically structured lecture the learning content is presented. With cross references between different topics the universal concepts in photonic quantum technologies are shown. In scientific discussions the students are involved to stimulate their analytic-physics intellectual power. In the exercise class example problems and recent publications will be discussed.


Blackboard-style use of tablet via presenter


• Mark Fox - Quantum Optics: An introduction (Oxford University Press 2006)
• M.A. Nielsen and I.L. Chuang - Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (Cambridge University Press)
• Peter Michler - Quantum Dots for Quantum Information Technologies - (Springer, 2017).

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of about 25 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample problems. For example, an assignment in the exam might be: What is a qubit and what is it good for? What is a quantum repeater and how does it work? What is a photonic cluster state and how can it be generated?

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Top of page