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Atomic and Optical Physics: Quantum States and Dynamics of Photons

Learn about the physics of photons with applications to modern atomic and optical physics.
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Estimated 4 weeks
10–12 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
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About this course

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In this physics course, you will learn about the quantum description of light with applications to squeezed states of light and teleportation as well as the non-classical states of light and single photons. You will learn how to do metrology with light. You will also learn about correlations with photons as well as atom correlation functions.

This course is a part of a series of courses to introduce fundamental concepts and current frontiers of atomic physics, and to prepare you for cutting-edge research:

At MIT, the content of these five courses makes up the second of a two-semester sequence (8.421 and 8.422) for graduate students interested in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. This sequence is required for Ph.D. students doing research in this field.

In these five courses you will learn about the following topics: quantum states and dynamics of photons, photon-atom interactions: basics and semiclassical approximations, open system dynamics, optical Bloch equations, applications and limits of the optical Bloch equations, dressed atoms, light force, laser cooling, cold atoms, evaporative cooling, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum algorithms and protocols, ion traps and magnetic traps.

Completing this series allows you to pursue advanced study and research in cold atoms, as well as specialized topics in condensed matter physics.

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Physics
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:
    A two-semester sequence in Quantum Mechanics at the level of MIT 8.05 and 8.06.
  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • The quantum description of light
  • Squeezed states of light and teleportation
  • Non-classical states of light and single photons
  • Metrology with light, shot noise and Heisenberg limit
  • Photon and atom correlation functions

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