Quantum Optics for Qubits

Work from basic notions of quantum optics to prepare a theoretical foundation that facilitates understanding of the working principles of modern quantum devices, such as linear optical quantum computers, ion traps, and superconducting circuits. Describe physical systems used in quantum technology applications by simple quantum physics of spins (two level systems) and harmonic oscillators.   Solve dynamics of quantum systems using master/Schroedinger equations.  Explain working principles of important quantum devices and protocols such as cavity QED, quantum input-output relation, two-qubit entangling gates, ion traps, Josephson junctions, and some circuit QED.  Critically analyze and make presentations on important literature in the field, and demonstrate understanding of quantum optics through regular problem sets.

Prerequisites or Prior Knowledge

Undergraduate-level quantum mechanics and linear algebra