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TFYS7026 Quantum Optics and Information 8 ECTS
Organised by
Theoretical Physics
Person in charge
Jyrki Piilo
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X X
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

Understanding quantum nature of light and basics of photon statistics. Interaction of light with matter, and to become acquainted with the theoretical and experimental methods of the field.
Understanding the basic concepts and protocols of quantum information processing and communication.


Photon states and their description. Coherent states. Interaction between photons and atoms. Non-classical states of light such as squeezed light. Experiments with interferometers and beamsplitters. Dissipation and decoherence. Tests of quantum mechanics. Quantum bit (qubit). Basics of classical information theory and the quantum counterparts. Quantum computing and communication, and basics of experimental realizations.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 40 h 0 h
Exercises 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
Participation in classroom work
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year spring
5. year spring

Study materials

Selected topics from

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

S. Stenholm and K.-A. Suominen: Quantum Approach to Informatics (Wiley, 2005).

M. A. Nielsen and I. L. Chuang: Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001)

Belongs to following study modules

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