ECE 69500 - Quantum Detectors


This is a 1-credit, 5-week course that runs through weeks 11-15 of the semester on EdX only.

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 1

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fields and Optics

Counts as:

  • EE Elective - Special Content
  • CMPE Complementary Selective

Normally Offered:

Each Spring


On-campus and online


ECE 30100

Requisites by Topic:

Fourier series, Fourier transforms, wave equation, Maxwell's equations, basics of solid state physics

Catalog Description:

Classical detectors and sensors are ubiquitous around us from heat sensors in cars to light detectors in a camera cell phone. Leveraging advances in the theory of noise and measurement, an important paradigm of quantum metrology has emerged. Here, ultra-precision measurement devices collect maximal information from the world around us at the quantum limit. This enables a new frontier of perception that promises to impact machine learning, autonomous navigation, surveillance strategies, information processing, and communication systems. Students in this indepth course will learn the fundamentals about state-of-the-art quantum detectors and sensors. They will also learn about quantum noise and how it limits quantum devices. The primary goal of the course is to empower students with a critical and deep understanding of emerging applications at the quantum-classical boundary. This will allow them to adopt quantum detectors and sensors for their own endeavors.

Required Text(s):

  1. Class notes will be available for download.

Recommended Text(s):


Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topic(s)
1 Single Photon Avalanche Detectors
2 Superconducting Detectors
3 Coherent States and Squeezed States
4 Quantum Interferometry
5 Nitrogen Vacancy Centers in Diamond