ECE 49595 - Quantum Photonics and Engineering

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

This is an experiential learning course.

Counts as:
CMPE Special Content Elective
EE Elective

Experimental Course Offered: Fall 2018

ECE 30411 or ECE 31100 or PHYS 34200

Requisites by Topic:
Maxwell's Equations, electromagnetic waves, EM radiation

Catalog Description:
an introduction to basic laws of quantum mechanics and exposure to the field of quantum photonic and its applications. The boundary between classical and quantum physics, quantization of EM field and its consequences, introduction to the field of quantum optics and atomic physics and its applications in quantum communication, quantum computations and quantum sensing are discussed.

Required Text(s):
  1. Quantum Optics, An Introduction (available online).
Recommended Text(s):
  1. Introductory Quantum Optics, 1st Edition, Christopher Gerry, Peter Knight.
  2. Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, 10th Anniversary Edition, Nielsen, Michael A..
  3. Quantum Optics for Engineers, Duarte, F. J..
  4. Quantum and Atom Optics (available online), Daniel Adam Steck.
  5. The Quantum Theory of Light, 2nd Edition, Rodney Loudon.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. basic knowledge about differences between classical and quantum physics. [1]
  2. the ability to mathematically describe simple quantum phenomena. [1]
  3. an ability to characterize simple experimental data and extract quantum statistics from it. [1,6]
  4. a general knowledge about applications of quantum mechanics in engineering and its limitations. [4]

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topics
1-3 Transition from classical to quantum regimes, quantization of field and wave-particle duality
4-6 Uncertainty principle, Dirac notation, Young's interference, coherence, and photon statistics
7-8 superposition, entanglement, decoherence and noise
9-11 Light-matter interactions, absorption, radiation, Laser and cavity, Schrodinger and Maxwell-Bloch equations
12-15 Applications in navigation (atomic clocks), communication, computation and precision sensing