Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring 2015 EE 539 Introduction to Quantum Optics for Scientists and Engineers

13247 E E 539 A
Kai-Mei Fu
TTh 9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
EEB 042

EE539 is an introduction to quantum optics for scientists and engineers.The course aims to teach students the fundamental nature of light and light-matter interaction. The course includes a 2-week review (crash course) on applied quantum mechanics to make the course accessible to engineers and other non-physicists.  Please note that quantum optics includes photonics as well as RF devices (e.g. superconducting quantum bits).

Some familiarity with quantum mechanics is helpful (whether through physical chemistry, EE, or another department).  A strong background in linear algebra is also required.  The basic structure of the course
1) Basic  quantum mechanical formalism for studying quantum optics problems
2) Nature of light
3) Nature of classical field-atom interaction
4) Quantum field-atom interaction
5) 2 weeks to delve into recent research topic of choice with final presentations.

The course is includes a computational component (Mathematica is supported in the class however other methods of computation are allowed).