In the summer semester 2021 we are offering a lecture course on "Quantum Physics of Light-Matter Interactions" suitable for final year bachelor, master or PhD students. Topics covered include:

  • fundamental processes of light-matter interactions: spontaneous emission, stimulated emission and absorption
  • open quantum systems: quantum master equations
  • cavity quantum electrodynamics, input-output theory
  • quantum Langevin equations
  • fundamentals of laser, laser cooling
  • ion traps, ion cooling
  • cavity quantum optomechanics
  • subradiance and superradiance
  • quantum optics with molecules

This lecture course is strongly connected to research topics tackled within the consortium TRR 306 "Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter" (QuCoLiMa).

For more information see:  http://univis.fau.de

Lecture notes

Lecture notes  will be continously updated during the semester (and also available via StudOn).


Lecture notes are available online, together with powerpoint slides and Zoom pre-recorded videos for each class at least 2 days before the Q&A session (scheduled every Friday typically from 10 to 11 am). Material will not be posted in StudOn (as there are also external students). First class is the exception as it will take place live on Friday 16.04.2021 from 10 am and consists of a detailed introduction into the topics covered. Last class is on 16.07.2021 (as a review/recap class). Class on 4.06.2021 is cancelled. Exercise class on 25.05.2021 is also cancelled!

Zoom ID for Q&A sessions 679 954 3059. Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/6799543059

Exercise sessions take place on Tuesdays from 11 to 12 under the supervision of Michael Reitz. Exercise sheets are published online on Tuesday and due on next Tuesday before solutions are presented.

Zoom ID for exercise sessions 741 467 8521. Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/7414678521

The exam will take place during the week 26-30 July 2021 (exact date and time still to be decided) and will last 90 mins, written. The final grade will be calculated based on performance on the final written exam and accumulated points from the exercise class. The first two exercise sheets will not be graded.

Lecture videos

Lecture 1 - Introduction

Lecture 2 - (notice that I am reusing the video recorded for last year's class)

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5 - (audio only)

Lecture 6

Lecture 7 part 1 and part 2

Lecture 8

Lecture 9

Lecture 10

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