Quantum Optics Group (LMU) - Quantum Many Body Systems Division (MPQ)

Lecture: Quantum Optics I


3h Lecture +1h Journal Club (+2h Problem sets)

When: Monday 14-16 c.t. in H537 (Schellingstr. 4)
           Wednesday 12-14 c.t. in H030 (Schellingstr. 4)




  • Exam: As discussed in the lecture, the oral exam will take place on Tuesday, February 12, on Wednesday, February 13, and on Thursday, February 28, 2019, in Schellingstrasse 4, Room H 228. We start at 9:00 am and each exam is expected to last around 30 minutes. To schedule your exam appointment, please contact Ildiko Kecskesi.


Welcome to Quantum Optics I

The course gives an introduction into the field of Quantum optics and is targeted towards Master students in Physics. The lectures are combined with a weekly journal club, where we discuss original publications related to the course. Additional problem sets supplement the course.


  1. Semiclassical Light-Atom-Interaction, Optical Bloch Equations
  2. Quantization of the Electromagnetic Field, (Fock States, Coherent States, Squeezed States) 
  3. Quantized Light-Atom Interaction: Jaynes-Cummings-Model
  4. Dressed State Picture
  5. Quantum-Rabi Oscillations
  6. Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Nondestructive Detection of a Photon
  7. Wigner-Weisskopf-Theory of Spontaneous Emission 
  8. Resonance Fluorescence, Mollow Triplett
  9. Three Level Systems, STIRAP, EIT, LWI
  10. Classical Coherence Theory
  11. Correlations and Photon Statistics
  12. Spatial and Temporal Coherence
  13. Intensity Fluctuations, Hanbury Brown & Twiss Experiment
  14. Entanglement, EPR Experiments and Bell's Inequalities
  15. Schrödinger Cat States
  16. Quantum Teleportation
  17. Laser Cooling of Atoms and Ions
  18. Basic elements of quantum information processing
  19. Quantum Cryptography