SK3600 Quantum Electronics 8.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should understand and have knowledge in quantum optics, lasers, optical modulators, detectors and waveguides, nonlinear and ultrafast optics so to be able to solve, with the necessary literature, practical and theoretical problems within the given fields.

Course main content

Quantum mechanics directed towards quantization of the electromagnetic field. Electromagnetic field, coherent states. Gaussian beams, optical resonators and rate equations. Types of lasers. Electro-optic and acousto-optic modulation of light. Nonlinear optical formalism and parametric processes. Q-switching and mode-locking. Optical waveguides and detectors.


Optical Physics

Enrolled as PhD student


Yariv, “Optical Electronics in Modern Communications”, Oxford University Press (1997) . Additional material will be made available during the course.


Requirements for final grade

Examination through hand-in assignments (INL1) (P/F) and final examination (TEN1) (P/F)

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Gunnar G E Björk (, Katia Gallo (


Katia Gallo <>

Supplementary information

The course is run in conjunction with the course SK2400 at MSc level, which may be canceled in case of low subscription rates (less than 5 students)


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.