FALL 2016

CLASS: 12:30PM–02:00PM MWF, Nicholson 435
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Prof. Jonathan P. Dowling
Office Hours: 02:00PM-2:30PM MWF

Required Book:
Introductory Quantum Optics
Christopher Gerry & Peter Knight
Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13: 9780521527354 | ISBN-10: 052152735X

Recommended Books:

Quantum Optics

Marlan O. Scully and M. Suhail Zubairy
Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0521435956 | ISBN-10: 0521435951

Exploring the Quantum: Atoms, Cavities, and Photons
  Serge Haroche (2012 Nobel Prize in Physics) & Jean-Michel Raimond
Oxford University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0198509141  |  ISBN-10: 0198509146 

NRL Plasma Formulary

Mathematics of Quantum Mechanics: Review

Quantum & Atom Optics Links

100% Homework


Field quantization
Coherent states
Emission and absorption of radiation by atoms
Quantum coherence functions
Beam splitters and interferometers
Nonclassical light
Dissipative interactions and decoherence
Optical test of quantum mechanics
Experiments in cavity QED and with trapped ions
Applications of entanglement: Heisenberg-limited interferometry and quantum information processing

HOMEWORK            ASSIGNED           DUE                                   SOLUTIONS                     HINTS
HW01                          MON 22 AUG        FRI 09 SEP
HW02                          MON 12 SEP          FRI 16 SEP                           
                                 3.11, 3.14


1.1–2.4        Introduction / E&M Field Quantization (The Photon: Lewis26)

2.5                Thermal Fields
2.6a              Notes on Geometric Series & Vacuum Fluctuations: The Lamb Shift
2.6b              Vacuum Flucuations: The Casimir Effect (Mathematics, Milonni92, Dowling89, Casimir48)
2.7                The Quantum Phase

3.1               Coherent States as Minimum Uncertainty States (MUS) of the Simple Harmonic Oscillator (SHO)
3.2                Displacement Operator for Coherent States
3.3                Time Evolution of Coherent States
3.4                Classical Currents Generate Quantum Coherent Photon States
3.5                More Fun With Coherent States
3.6                Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Interference in Phase Space (Schleich01, Dowling91)
3.7                Phase-Space Probability Distributions
3.8                Characteristic Functions for PSPDs (Plots of Various Q and W Functions [PDF, PPT].)

4.1                Atom Field Interactions
4.2                Semiclassical: Quantum Atom & Weak Classical Field (Fermi's Golden Rule)
4.3                Quantum Atom & Weak Quantized Field (Einstein Rate Equations)
4.4                Semiclassical: Quantum Atom & Strong Classical Field (Rabi Oscillations)
4.5                Quantum Atom & Strong Quantized Field (Jaynes-Cummings Model)
4.6                Dressed Atom-Field States

5.1                Classical Optical Coherence Theory
5.2                Quantum Optical Coherence Theory
5.4                Higher-Order Coherence Functions

6.2                 Quantum Beam Splitter Theory
6.3                 Quantum Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Theory
6.4                 Interaction-Free Measurement
6.5                 Coherent-State Interferometry and the Shot-Noise Limit
6.6                 Fabry-Perot Interferometer (Wikipedia, Loudon04, Ley87)

7.1                 Quadrature Squeezing

"Quantum Noise in LIGO Lasers" [PDF, PPT]
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MON 22 AUG        First Day Class
MON 05 SEP          Labor Day Holiday
FRI 07 OCT            Fall Holiday
WED 23 NOV        Thanksgiving Holiday

FRI 25 NOV           Thanksgiving Holiday
FRI 02 DEC            Last Day Class