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Quantum Optomechanics

Module EI71093

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

EI71093 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid from SS 2022 .

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module consists of a lecture and accompanying exercises. The lecture deals with the fundamentals of cavity optomechanics with special focus on the quantum mechanical regime. It includes an overview of optomechanical systems, the theoretical description of radiation pressure-induced coupling and its effects, optomechanical cooling to the ground state, and modern applications of optomechanical systems in the quantum regime.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the module, students will acquire knowledge of optomechanical systems in the quantum regime and will be able to evaluate developments in this field. In particular, an understanding of the following fundamental concepts will be obtained:
- parametric coupling of a mechanical resonator and an optical cavity and dynamical backaction.
- optomechanical ground state cooling
- applications of quantum optomechanics


Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent. Basic knowledge of solid state physics, quantum mechanics and quantum optics are desirable.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

The lecture is taught on the blackboard and with projected slides. In addition, students will have ample opportunity for questions and discussion.
In the exercise groups, the learned content is deepened and supplemented by exercises. In addition, current scientific publications are regularly discussed.


Blackboard or projection from tablet, slide presentation


- W. P. Bowen, G. J. Milburn, "Quantum optomechanics", CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2016
- M. Aspelmeyer, T. J. Kippenberg, F. Marquardt, "Cavity optomechanics", Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 1391 (2014)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The examination consists of an oral examination of approximately 30 minutes at the end of the semester. The subject of the examination is a basic understanding of the concepts taught in the lecture, thus determining the achievement of the competencies presented in the section Study Goals. In case of a large number of participants, the oral exam can be replaced by a 60-minute written exam.

Exam Repetition

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

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