Course: Selected Methods of Experimental Photonics

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Course title Selected Methods of Experimental Photonics
Course code OPT/MEF
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ježek Miroslav, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Slodička Lukáš, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Characterization od electro-optic and acousto-optic modulators: spectral response, heterodyne detection; modulation and sidebands, spectrum analyzer. 2. Feedback control loops for stabilization of laser parameters, error signal generation methods, construction of PID controller. 3. Laser beam amplitude stabilization using acousto-optic modulator. 4. Two-photon absorption in semiconductor, intensity and fringe-resolved autocorrelation, ultrafast pulse characterization. 5. Single-photon detectors, time-correlated single-photon counting: delay and gate generators, discriminators, TAC, SCA, majority logic, counters, multichannel analyzers. 6. SPDC based single photon sources: design, alignment and optimization. 7. Entangled states, Bell inequalities, decoherence; experimental aspects of quantum state and process tomography. 8. Saturated absorption spectroscopy in rubidium vapours, Doppler effect, Zeeman splitting, FM spectroscopy. 9. Frequency locking of tunable diode laser to an atomic transition in rubidium. 10. Atomic frequency standards, characterization and comparison.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Demonstration, Laboratory Work
Learning outcomes
The course aims to realize selected experimental setups, carry out particular measurements and improve student's experimental skills in the field of quantum optics and photonics. Students will explore advanced experimental methods and measurement techniques.
The course will deal with particular experimental tasks important within the following fields: optical signal preparation and feedback control, single photon generation and detection, nonlinear optics, quantum optics and quantum information, ligh-matter interaction. Student will gain hands-on experience with necessary measurement techniques and experimental methods.
Good knowledge of wave optics, electromagnetic field theory, waveguides, optical coherence, quantum physics and quantum optics is required.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Attendance, active participation in class, reports with measurement results, final oral exam.
Recommended literature
  • Materiály dodané přednášejícím / handouts.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Optics and Optoelectronics (2015) Physics courses 2 Summer