Physics 673: Quantum Optics and Nonlinear Optics

The lectures take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 13:00 - 13:50 in room ENC 33.

The final exam will take place on Monday, 23 April 2007, 12:00 - 14:00 in room SB 105.

Assigments: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9, No. 10 as pdf or No. 10 as Mathematica notebook.

This course will be held during the winter term of 2007 at the University of Calgary. It will have a similar format as the course that I gave in fall 2004. 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 (last update: February 22) will be the basis of the course, but new material will be added to these notes during the course.

Recommended literature

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

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.

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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