NSCPHD1146 Advanced topics in solid-state quantum optics

Volume 2016/2017

Solid-state devices with nanometer dimensions are playing an increasingly important role in modern quantum optics. A main research direction concerns exploiting solid-state single-photon emitters such as quantum dots for scalable quantum-information processing but semiconductor nanotechnology enables also studying fundamental physics in hitherto unexplored regimes of, e.g., quantum nonlinear optics, single-photon lasers, collective effects, and Casimir forces. The solid environment of solid-state quantum light sources are inherently complex due to interactions with phonons, charges, and nuclear spin ensembles, and concepts from many branches of physics are essential to grasp this highly interdisciplinary research field.

The classes are in the form of a journal club where the course participants take turns in presenting recent scientific papers. All participants must carefully read the paper beforehand and active participation in discussions is essential.

Learning Outcome

This course aims at developing an understanding of key concepts in contemporary research on solid-state quantum optics, including obtaining awareness of breakthroughs in the field, building an ability to read highly specialized research papers, and developing a critical approach to the primary research literature. The topics will vary depending on recent research developments but topics that may be covered include: light-matter interaction in semiconductor quantum nanostructures, quantum dots, quantum electrodynamics, photonic topological insulators, excitonic quasiparticles, photonic crystals, optomechanics, semiconductor nanotechnology, Casimir effects, nanoelectromechanical systems, and Anderson localization of light.

Scientific papers on solid-state quantum optics recently published in top journals, e.g., Nature, Science, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, etc. The papers are selected by the presenting participants and distributed at least 5 days in advance.

Participants must be associated with the Quantum Photonics group
Participants are expected to have a strong background in quantum physics and must have attended courses in at least two of the following areas: quantum optics, optics, solid-state physics, and semiconductor nanotechnology.
Workload: approximately 4 hours per week
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 206
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Continuous assessment based on presentations and discussions of scientific papers. To achieve 7.5 ECTS the student must present 3 papers and participate actively in at least 30 course days.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship