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Theoretical Quantum Optics 1

Module PH2029

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

PH2029 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2029 is Michael Hartmann.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The lectures are planned for two semesters. For the first part topics include:

  • quantisation, coherence properties and representations of the electromagnetic field
  • quantum phenomena in nonlinear optics, generation and applications of squeezed light
  • stochastic methods, open quantum systems and master equations
  • interaction of light with atoms

Learning Outcome

After successfully completing the module students are able to

  • quantize a field
  • characterize the quantum state of a field
  • understand the origins of dissipation and decoherence
  • understand second quantization
  • know how to derive equations of motion for simple a system of light matter interaction and solve them


Quantum mechanics I (mandatory), Electrodynamics (recommended) 

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Theoretical Quantum Optics 1 singular or moved dates

Learning and Teaching Methods

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  • D.F. Walls and G.J. Milburn: Quantum Optics (Springer 2006)

The lectures will mostly follow this book

  • M.O. Scully and M.S. Zubairy: Quantum Optics (Cambridge Univ. Press 1997)

A bit more detailed than Walls and Milburn and with more emphasis on experimental applications

  • L. Mandel and E. Wolf: Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics (Cambridge 1995)

Very detailed presentation of the coherence properties of the electromagnetic field, also includes atom-photon interactions

  • C. Cohen-Tannoudji, J. Dupont-Roc and G. Grynberg: Atom-Photon Interactions (Wiley 1992)

Very detailed presentation of the theory of light-atom interaction

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2108: Theoretische Quantenoptik 2 / Theoretical Quantum Optics 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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