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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
TFYS7009 Quantum Optics 8 ECTS
Organised by
Theoretical Physics
Person in charge
Jyrki Piilo
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2013–2014 X X
Preceding studies
Optics, Quantum mechanics I, and optionally recommended Quantum Mechanics II

Learning outcomes

To learn the quantum nature of light and the basics of photon statistics, interaction of light with matter, and to become acquainted with the thoeretical and experimental methods of the field.


Photon states and their description. Coherent states. Interaction between photons and atoms. Photon correlations, their modelling and measurement. Non-classical states of light such as squeezed light. Experiments with interferometers and beamsplitters. Open quantum systems, dissipation and decoherence. Optical tests of quantum mechanics and experiments with microwave cavities. Basics of quantum cryptography.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 40 h 0 h
Seminar 16 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Written exam


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4th year or later.
Time: Periods III and IV.

Study materials

 C.C. Gerry and P.L. Knight: Introductory Quantum Optics (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005).

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
DP in Physical Sciences
Finnish Study Modules