Course data
Course name: Quantum Optics
Neptun ID: BMETE15MF67
Responsible teacher: Gábor Takács
Department: Department of Theoretical Physics
Programme: Courses for Physicist MSc students
Course data sheet: BMETE15MF67
Requirements, Informations


2020 Fall semester


  • Lecturer: Péter Domokos (Wigner RCP)
  • Email:
  • Textbook: Mark Fox: Quantum Optics (Oxford University Press)

Course requirements

Basic knowledge of the basic concepts of quantum optics: the written examen aims at checking the acquaintance with the notions typeset by boldface in the recommended book (Quantum Optics by Mark Fox)


  1. Fundamentals of optics (index of refraction, coherence, Michelson interferometer)
  2. Fundamentals of quantum mechanics (structure of atoms, harmonic oscillator, Stern-Gerlach experiment)
  3. Radiative transitions in atoms (Einstein coefficients, linewidth, line shape)
  4. Photon statistics (single photon counters, Poissonian statistics, photodiodes, shot noise)
  5. Photon antibunching (Hanbury-Brown and Twiss experiment, second order correlation function, single photon source)
  6. Quantization of the electromagnetic field (modes, minimum uncertainty states, coherent states, vacuum, squeezed states, homodyne detection)
  7. Quantum statistics of light (creation and annihilation operators, photon number states)
  8. Resonant light-atom interaction (weak interaction, Rabi oscillation, density matrix, Bloch equations)
  9. Atoms in cavities (cavity modes, Purcell effect, Jaynes-Cummings model)
  10. Cold atoms (laser cooling, magneto-optical trap, Bose-Einstein condensation)
  11. Quantum cryptography (quantum key distribution BB84 protocol) 
  12. Entangled states and quantum teleportation