Physics of Light
Physics of Light
These modules are offered for „Physics of Light“ on a regular basis. Please note: Each module usually corresponds to a single course with the same title. In a few cases, a module is linked to two courses which will then have different titles.
Modern Optics 2: Non-linear optics
Prof. Dr. Joly, Dr. Fattahi, 5 ECTS
- Linear properties of materials.
- Origin of the nonlinear susceptibility.
- Importance of phase-matching.
- Second harmonic generation, derivation of the set of coupled equations.
- Importance of the initial phase and case of seeding second harmonic generation. Use of birefringence to achieve phase-matching.
- Electro-optic effects.
- Nonlinear process in relation to third order nonlinearity.
- Modulation instability, soliton formation, perturbations of soliton, and supercontinuum generation.
- Application: nonlinear optics in photonic crystal fibers.
Advanced nonlinear optics
Prof. Dr. Joly, Dr. Fattahi, Prof. Dr. Chekhova, 5 ECTS
- Nonlinear propagation in solid-core photonic crystal fibres (modulation instability, four-wave mixing, soliton dynamics, supercontinuum generation) and in hollow-core photonic crystal fibres (generation of tunable dispersive waves, plasma in fibres)
- Nonlinear optical effects (parametric down-conversion, four-wave mixing, modulation instability) for the generation of nonclassical light (entangled photons, squeezed light, twin beams, heralded single photons).
- Nonlinear effects for generating high energy sub cycle pulses (kerr-lens mode-locking, Yb:YAG laser technology, optical parametric amplification, pulses synthesis, attosecond pulse generation)
Prof. Dr. Chekhova, 5 ECTS
- Basic concepts of statistical optics
- Spatial and temporal coherence. Coherent modes, photon number per mode
- Intensity fluctuations and Hanbury Brown and Twiss experiment
- Interaction between atom and light (semiclassical description)
- Quantization of the electromagnetic field
- Quantum operators and quantum states
- Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures
- Polarization in quantum optics
- Nonlinear optical effects for producing nonclassical light
- Parametric down-conversion and four-wave mixing, biphotons, squeezed light
- Single-photon states and single-photon emitters
- Entanglement and Bell’s inequality violation
Prof. Dr. Joly, 5 ECTS
This module naturally follows the “Basics of Lasers” module and aims at deepen the knowledge on a few specific aspects of lasers. In particular we will study the Z-cavity of one of the most popular laser system: the Titanium: sapphire laser. The purpose here is to show why simpler cavity is not possible. It requires understanding properly the concept of stability of laser cavity and introduces the problem of astigmatism. In a second stage we see how dispersion effects can hamper the properties of a mode-locked laser system and see how to circumvent this. We then study the different method used to characterize ultrashort laser pulse. This starts from basics concepts of autocorrelation but review more advanced techniques allowing to retrieve fully the amplitude and phase of a laser pulse. Towards the end of the lecture several topics are possible and it will be chosen together with the students. This can be for instance (i) the polarization and the Jones’ formalism (ii) the Maxwell-Bloch equations (iii) the origin of spontaneous emission. Finally in order to broaden the contents of the lecture the students are asked to prepare one half-an-hour presentation of the topics of their choice. The topics are discussed during the first two sessions of the lecture and must focus on a physical aspect of laser.
Advanced Course in Experimental Physics
Prof. Dr. von Zanthier, 10 ECTS
The module discusses light-matter interaction in different systems as well as the quantum nature of light. Emphasis is put onto the laser. Starting from the theory of optical resonators and Gaussian beams we review the generation of laser light on a microscopic level (Maxwell-Bloch equations) and examine its principal characteristics. Various applications of laser light in quantum optics, laser spectroscopy, laser cooling and trapping of atoms and in non-linear optics are investigated. In addition we review various quantum optical phenomena like photon statistics, photon bunching/anti-bunching, multi-photon interferences, intensity interferometers and resonance fluorescence.
Modern Optics: Advanced Optics
Prof. Dr. Götzinger, Prof. Dr. Joly, 5 ECTS
- Photonic Crystal Optics
- Laser/ Pulsed light / pulse propagation
- Guided wave optics
- Fiber optics
- Photonic crystal fibers
- Optical resonators / microresonators
- Acousto optics/spatial light modulator
- Orbital angular momentum
Theses modules were given irregularly during the previous semesters and might be offered again, but there is no guarantee.
Prof. Dr. C. Marquadt, 5 ECTS
In this module we will introduce and discuss fundamental concepts of quantum communication and talk about recent developments. Topics include: Introduction to quantum information concepts, quantum optics: preparation and measurement of quantum states, concepts of quantum cryptography and the BB84 protocol, quantum key distribution with discrete variables: modern protocols, QKD with continuous variables, modern quantum key distribution security proofs, quantum repeaters, quantum communication with satellites, quantum random number generation
After the module students
- comprehend an interesting physical topic in a short time frame
- identify and interpret the appropriate literature
- select and organize the relevant information for the presentation
- compose a presentation on the topic at the appropriate level for the audience
- use the appropriate presentation techniques and tools
- criticize and defend the topic in a scientific discussion
Nonlinear and Quantum Optics
Prof. Dr. Chekhova, 5 ECTS
- Two-photon absorption with entangled photons
- Fibre sources of nonclassical light
- Nanoscale quantum nonlinear optics
- Sensing ‘with undetected photons’
- Nonlinear optics with noble gases
- The ’simplest‘ nonlinear optical system: a single atom
- Quantum optics with parabolic mirrors
- Machine Learning for Quantum State Estimation
- Artificial Intelligence for Designing Quantum Optics Experiments and Photonic Devices
Quantum Physics of Light-Matter Interactions
Prof. Dr. F. Marquardt, 5 ECTS
This module aims at covering a few special topics in the interactions between quantum matter (atoms, molecules) and quantum light. The first part of the course will present fundamental aspects such as light field quantization, spontaneous emission, stimulated emission and absorption, cavity quantum electrodynamics. The second part of the course makes use of the introduced concepts to allow the understanding of laser theory, laser cooling, cavity cooling and cavity optomechanics. The mathematical tools involved are quantum master equations and quantum Langevin equations.
Polarization of light in classical, nonlinear, and quantum optics
Prof. Dr. Chekhova, 5 ECTS
- Polarization of light: definition, brief history, role in photonics
- Jones vector and Jones matrices
- Stokes parameters and Müller matrices
- Poincare sphere representation: states, transformations
- Optical elements that we use in the lab
- Geometrical phase
- Crystal optics: birefringence, Fresnel surfaces, uniaxial and biaxial crystals, walkoff
- Polarization in nonlinear optics: phase and group matching
- Polarization in quantum optics: operators-0 Polarization in quantum optics: states
- Quantum key distribution with polarized photons.