This course gives you access to basic tools and concepts to understand research articles and books on modern quantum optics. You will learn about quantization of light, formalism to describe quantum states of light without any classical analogue, and observables allowing one to demonstrate typical quantum properties of these states. These tools will be applied to the emblematic case of a one-photon wave packet, which behaves both as a particle and a wave. Wave-particle duality is a great quantum mystery in the words of Richard Feynman. You will be able to fully appreciate real experiments demonstrating wave-particle duality for a single photon, and applications to quantum technologies based on single photon sources, which are now commercially available. The tools presented in this course will be widely used in our second quantum optics course, which will present more advanced topics such as entanglement, interaction of quantized light with matter, squeezed light, etc...
Quantum Optics 1 : Single PhotonsÉcole Polytechnique
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TOP REVIEWS FROM QUANTUM OPTICS 1 : SINGLE PHOTONS
Very clear and informative. The courses are short respectively and they are very exciting. The quizzes are a very good review to keep you concentrated.
beautiful explanation with in depth coursework in quantum optics. one should must study this course if interested in quantum physics.
The concepts are made clear as well as the calculations. The wave particle duality is made clear along with a quite long discussion.
There should be more resources to study like some lecture notes. Besides that, the overall level is very good.
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