PHYS-470 / 4 credits

Teacher: Galland Christophe Marcel Georges

Language: English


Summary

This course provides the fundamental knowledge and theoretical tools needed to treat nonlinear optical interactions, covering both classical and quantum theory of nonlinear optics. It presents applications such as nonclassical state generation and spectroscopy of nanoscale systems.

Content

Keywords

Nonlinear optics, quantum optics, electromagnetism, electrodynamics, spectroscopy, quantum technology, lasers, oscillators, crystals, molecules, nanostructures, quantum correlations, entanglement, photonic integrated circuits, waveguides, optical cavities, plasmonics, photonics

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

We recommend having taken introductory courses covering: Electromagnetism, Classical electrodynamics (Maxwell equations), Wave mechanics, Optics

 

Important concepts to start the course

Electromagnetism, Classical electrodynamics (Maxwell equations), Wave mechanics, Optics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Define the different types of nonlinear interactions of light with a medium
  • Describe the macroscopic manifestation and microscopic origin of nonlinear susceptibility
  • Model wave propagation in linear and nonlinear media, in waveguides and low-dimensional geometries
  • Predict the efficiency of different nonlinear effects in different geometries
  • Explain how to derive a quantum theory of nonlinear optics
  • Develop a model of nonclassical state generation based on nonlinear optics
  • Model the enhancement of light-matter interaction in waveguides, micro-and nanocavities
  • Explain the main methods of spectroscopy relying on nonlinear interactions

Transversal skills

  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Use both general and domain specific IT resources and tools
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Summarize an article or a technical report.

Teaching methods

The course will be interactive, with an alternance of blackboard and slide lecturing, hands-on student exercises, questions and discussions. Active participation is expected.

We plan to organise research seminars by external experts to create a closer connection to contemporary research and illustrate the concepts seen in the course.

 

Expected student activities

Self-study before/after the lecture, active participation, asking questions, solving exercises, studying and presenting research papers

 

Assessment methods

Active participation during the semester including an oral presentation on a research topic (30%); final oral exam (70%)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

  • N. Bloembergen: Nonlinear Optics
  • Robert Boyd: Nonlinear Optics
  • Y. R. Shen: The Principles of Nonlinear Optics
  • Peter D. Drummond, Mark Hillery: The Quantum Theory of Nonlinear Optics
  • François Hache: Optique Non Linéaire
  • Leonard Mandel and Emil Wolf: Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics
  • Lukas Novotny, Bert Hecht: Principles of Nano-Optics
  • Toshiaki Suhara and Masatoshi Fujimura: Waveguide Nonlinear-Optic Devices

Notes/Handbook

Hand-written lecture notes will be provided

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Oral (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Nonlinear optics for quantum technologies
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Oral (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Nonlinear optics for quantum technologies
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Oral (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Nonlinear optics for quantum technologies
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Oral (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Nonlinear optics for quantum technologies
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14  CM1113  
14-15    
15-16  CM1113  
16-17    
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Wednesday, 13h - 15h: Lecture CM1113

Wednesday, 15h - 17h: Exercise, TP CM1113