Quantum Optics II SS 2020

Lecture Summer Semester 2020, Sebastian Blatt


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the lectures and tutorials will be held exclusively via video conference until further notice. To enroll for the class, please use the LSF system.

Time and Place

Lecture Time Location
Mondays 12-14 c.t. Zoom video conference call
Wednesdays 12-14 c.t. Zoom video conference call

Class starts Monday, April 20th.

Welcome to Quantum Optics II

Quantum Optics II is the second part of the lecture series on quantum optics and continues the "Quantum Optics" lecture given by Prof. Immanuel Bloch and Prof. Monika Aidelsburger in the Winter semester. While we do not require you to have taken Quantum Optics, we will use concepts and ideas developed in that class. The lecture is targeted at Master students in physics who are familiar with quantum mechanics and atomic physics. The lectures are combined with a weekly journal club to discuss original publications related to the course. Additional problem sets supplement the course.

Journal Club

In the weekly journal club we will discuss original publications related to the course. The selected papers will be announced in the problem sets.


Basic knowledge in atomic physics, quantum mechanics, and electromagnetism. Having taken Quantum Optics I in the Winter semester is a plus.


We offer the course as a “Wahlpflichtvorlesung” within the Physics Masters program of LMU. You will be graded through oral or written examinations at the end of the course. Active participation in the tutorials and the Journal club is required to take the final examination!

The small print:
Active participation in the tutorials means that you need to hand in reasonably good answers to at least two thirds of the problems given over the semester, and that you can present your answer in class. “Reasonably good answers” means that it does not matter if the answer is not entirely correct, as long as a reasonable Ansatz and corresponding calculation are shown (we are interested in how you approach the problem). You must also be present in the tutorial class if you have handed in a problem set. Every participant must present at least one problem on the blackboard in the tutorial class during the semester. These rules will be adapted analogously for tutorials held via video conference calls.

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