2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS3110 Photonics and Introductory Quantum Optics
10 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Professor S D Evans and Dr A Beige
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2005/06
Pre-requisitesPHYS2042 and PHYS2070 or equivalent
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesBy the end of the module students should be able to:-
- describe the optical properties of birefringent media, including a mathematical description of the index ellipsoid
- describe the operation of various electro-optic modulators and discuss their purpose.
- describe and perform calculations relating to second order nonlinear optical effects
- describe some third order nlo effects and their application
- describe the manipulation of materials using optical beams
- describe the scattering of single photons through a linear optics network
- have a basic understanding of the concept of photons
- model the creation of single photons by a two-level atom
- describe the time evolution of a two-level atom in the presence of a laser field
Ability to model physical problems.Ability to model physical problems.
Optical Anisotropy (Birefringence, Optical Indicatrix, Huygens construct)
Modulation of Light (electro optic effect, acousto-optic effect, magneto optic effect)
Nonlinear optics (Second Harmonic Generation, Coherence length, Phase Matching, Parametric effects, Third Order Effects, Materials)
Manipulation of Materials using Optical Beams
Introduction to Quantum Optics
An introduction to single photon physics
The second quantization of the free radiation field
Coherent states, a laser driven atom and other bits and pieces
Spontaneous emission and Einstein's rate equations
The quantum jump approach and the master equations
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information22 lectures, with some demonstrations.
Private studyReading: 52 hours;
Non-marked examples/exercises: 26 hours.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback3 x examples/exercises (marks do not count towards final mark for the module).
Methods of assessment
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information1 x 2 hour written examination at the end of the first semester: 100%.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 19/02/2007
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