Physics 673: Quantum Optics and Nonlinear Optics

Tuesday, 14:00-15:15, SS 115 (Social Sciences)
Thursday, 14:00-15:15, SS 115 (Social Sciences)

This course was held during fall 2004 at the University of Calgary. It covers the fundamentals of quantum and nonlinear optics. The foundations of quantum optics include quantization of the electromagnetic field and many-particle theories, interaction between atoms and photons, few-level models for atoms, open quantum systems and density matrix, and electromagnetically induced transparency. Lecture notes are available here .

Table of Contents of Lecture Notes

Recommended literature

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Jacques Dupont-Roc, and Gilbert Grynberg, Photons and atoms : introduction to quantum electrodynamics (1989). In this book the fundamental equations of non-relativistic QED are thoroughly explained.

D.P. Craig and T. Thirunamachandran, Molecular quantum electrodynamics : an introduction to radiation-molecule interactions (1997). Despite its title it is also very useful for atoms. A cheap (15 €) alternative to the first book.

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Jacques Dupont-Roc, Gilbert Grynberg, Atom-photon interactions : basic processes and applications (1992). A very good book dealing with the fundamental techniques to describe the interaction of atoms with light. Includes dressed states, resolvent method, master equations.

M.O. Scully and M.S. Zubairy, Quantum Optics (1997). A very nice introduction which also covers electromagnetically induced transparency.

Leonard Mandel and Emil Wolf, Optical coherence and quantum optics (1995). One of the most comprehensive and complete texts on quantum optics. Gives a good survey of most techniques and topics.

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