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PH5012   Quantum Optics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Normally only taken in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Mon, 11.00 am Tue, Thu (TBC)

Quantum optics is the theory of light that unifies wave and particle optics. Quantum optics describes modern high-precision experiments that often probe the very fundamentals of quantum mechanics. The module introduces the quantisation of light, the concept of single light modes, the various quantum states of light and their description in phase space. The module considers the quantum effects of simple optical instruments and analyses two important fundamental experiments: quantum-state tomography and simultaneous measurements of position and momentum.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 or pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 ) and pass PH3061 and pass PH3062 and pass PH4028

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr N Korolkova, Dr F Koenig

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.