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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

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06


PHYS2042 and PHYS2070 or equivalent

This module is not approved as an Elective


By 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

Skills outcomes
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

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

22 lectures, with some demonstrations.

Private study

Reading: 52 hours;
Non-marked examples/exercises: 26 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

3 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 information

1 x 2 hour written examination at the end of the first semester: 100%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/02/2007


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