Theoretical Quantum Optics 2

Module PH2108

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

PH2108 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics

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 PH2108 is Michael Hartmann.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


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

  • cavity quantum electrodynamics
  • circuit quantum electrodynamics
  • laser cooling and optical lattices
  • ion traps

Learning Outcome

After successfully completing the module students are able to

  • understand basic effects of cavity quantum electrodynamics
  • quantize simple electric circuits
  • understand the working principle and limitations of laser cooling
  • know the Bose Hubbard model and its realization in optical lattices
  • know the working principle of a Paul trap
  • understand sideband cooling


Quantum mechanics I, Theoretical Quantum Optics I

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Theoretische Quantenoptik 2 Hartmann, M. einzelne oder verschobene Termine

Learning and Teaching Methods

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

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

  • Metcalf and van der Straten: Laser Cooling and Trapping (Springer 1999)

  • Karl-Peter Marzlin: Atom-Light Interactions (available at

  • Mikhail Lukin: Atomic and Optical Physics (available at

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.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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