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Quantum Detectors & Sensors


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

  • Identify the fundamental differences between classical noise and quantum fluctuations in physical quantities (Quantum noise)
  • Define the concept of coherence in space and time through the example of light (Quantum coherence)
  • Describe the next generation of ultra-precision measurement tools (Quantum metrology)
  • Design new systems for imaging, communications and a host of other applications exploiting superior detector technology (Quantum detectors)
  • Recognize the fundamental limits of classical sensors and how to overcome them using quantum phenomena (Quantum sensing)


This course teaches the fundamental science and applications of detectors and sensors in the quantum realm. Students will learn how to design and integrate the unique functionality of quantum detectors/sensors in information, networking, computing and imaging systems.Fall 2020 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

This course is ideally suited for both industry practitioners and iniversity students with a curiosity to understand quantum technology. It assumes a very basic undergraduate level of knowledge of differential equations and teaches foundational concepts underlying modern quantum technology. Those pusuing a career in various industries related to emerging computing platforms (quantum/neuromorphic), defense/reconnaissance/surveillance systems, next generation hyperspectral imaging, information/communications systems, AI/machine perception will benefit from understanding fundamental advantages offered by quantum detectors and sensors.
Learners will experience an overview of foundational ideas on which future quantum technology will be builts. Thsi course introduces the knowledge that will empower students to understand the difference between the quantum and classical realms. Specifically, this course teaches the concept of quantum detectors, which are central to a wide variety of quantum technologies from computing to networking. Students will also learn about quantum sensors and how they push the frontiers of existing classical sensor technology. Students can expect to learn skills for designing next generation information/communication/imaging systems that exploit unique functionality of quantum detectors and sensors.


  • Basic knowledge of differential equations
  • Basic knowledge of electromagnetic fields

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


There will be three (3) homework assignments. Homework assignments will involve problem-solving based on material covered in the lectures.


There will be one (1) midterm exam. It will be open book/open notes, and it will consist of all multiple choice quesitons. There will be one (1) final exam. It will be open book/open notes.


There is no required textbook for this course. Students will find the material covered in the course and provided references to be self-contained. The slides contain references to specific books and research papers.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


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