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Semiconductor Quantum Photonics

Module PH2273

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.

Module version of SS 2018

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2018/9SS 2018

Basic Information

PH2273 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid from SS 2018 to SS 2020.

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 45 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2273 in the version of SS 2018 was Kai Müller.

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 semiconductor quantum photonics and their application in quantum technologies. 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 developed a deep understanding of:

  • Single qubits, two-qubit states and quantum entanglement
  • Coherent light-matter interaction and resonator QED
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different optically-active semiconductor qubits
  • Different protocols for quantum communication and their implementation
  • Possibilities to use photons for quantum computing


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the thematically structured lecture the learning content is presented. With cross references between different topics the universal concepts in semiconductor quantum photonics are shown. In scientific discussions the students are involved to stimulate their analytic-physics intellectual power.


Blackboard (Tablet)



Loudon, R. - The Quantum Theory of Light - (OUP Oxford, 2000)

Cohen-Tannoudji, C., Dupont-Roc, J., Grynberg, G. & Thickstun, P. - Atom-Photon Interactions: Basic Processes and Applications - (Wiley Online Library, 1992).

Peter Michler - Quantum Dots for Quantum Information Technologies - (Springer, 2017).

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be a written exam of 60 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 quantum repeater and how does it work?
  • What is a photonic cluster state and how can it be generated?

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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