NFYK18004U Advanced Quantum Optics and Photonics

Volume 2023/2024

MSc Programme in Physics


The course will introduce the students to advanced topics in quantum optics, especially in solid-state nanophotonic systems. It provides a detailed description of the quantum treatment of light-matter interaction and an introduction to relevant research topics such as quantum electrodynamics with quantum dots and photonic quantum information processing.

The interaction between photons, phonons and artificial atoms such as quantum dots will be the core topic of the course. Other topics include:

  • The Wigner-Weisskopf theory of spontaneous emission in nanostructures.
  • Master equation and Heisenberg-Langevin equations. Decoherence.
  • Nanophotonic control of light-matter interaction.
  • Introduction to solid-state quantum emitters (quantum dots).
  • Introduction to quantum optomechanics.
  • Introduction to photonic quantum information processing.
Learning Outcome

The aim of the course is to bring the students at a level where they are capable of comprehending modern research literature on quantum optics and quantum nanophotonics.

The course will provide the following knowledge and skills:


  • Understanding of open systems and the noise and losses introduced due to interactions with reservoirs.
  • Basics of solid-state quantum emitters
  • Fundamentals of quantum light-matter interactions in nanophotonic systems
  • Description of quantum optomechanics system



  • Ability to select photonic structures to enhance quantum optical interactions, based on an understanding of nanophotonic structures and how these are numerically modelled.
  • The ability to model quantum light-matter interactions in quasi-one-dimensional nanophotonic systems.
  • An understanding of the experimental aspects of quantum information processing with photons and the basics of quantum photonic integrated circuits.



The competences acquired during this course, will put the student in the position to do research in a modern quantum optics laboratory.

will be announced later

It is recommended that the students have followed the Quantum Optics course or similar. It is assumed that the students have a good background in quantum mechanics, e.g., through following the physics curriculum for the first three years or similar. Also it may be an advantage if the students have followed a course on Optical Physics and Lasers.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures and exercises including small group projects.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 149,5
  • Exercises
  • 28
  • Exam
  • 0,5
  • Total
  • 206,0
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 25 minutes
Type of assessment details
The student draws one of the exam questions which are given in advance. The student is expected to talk about the question for approximately 15 minutes followed by a discussion of the rest of the curriculum. There is no preparation time.
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Same as regular exam

Criteria for exam assesment

see learning outcome