phy3qmo atoms and quantum optics




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will study the quantum description of atomic systems and the electromagnetic wave. This subject is one of four such subjects at third year level that together constitute the Physics major stream. This stream is an excellent preparation for a career in research or education in the physical sciences and also for honours and post-graduate research studies in Physics.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrian Abbey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (PHY2MOD and PHY2EMM) or (PHY2CLP and PHY2MOD) and (MAT2VCA and MAT2LAL)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Fourier OpticsPrescribedJ.W. Goodman, 2005McGraw Hill
ReadingsFundamentals of PhotonicsPrescribedB.E.A. Saleh and M.C. Teich, 2007Wiley
ReadingsOpticsPrescribedHecht, 2001Addison and Wesley (4th ed)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse, visualise and solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to and described by atomic physics and quantum optics.

Problem-solving techniques are modelled in lectures and workshops and partial solutions to selected problems derived in tutorials. Students are assigned a set of conceptual and mathematical problems to solve in the form of four assignments.

02. Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems in the field of atomic physics and quantum optics.

Problem solving techniques are modelled in lectures, workshops and tutorials. Students will use these techniques to solve problems in atomic physics and quantum optics requiring sophisticated application of the techniques.

03. Use standard technical software to implement computational solutions to problems too complex for analytical mathematical solutions.

Computational skills will be further extended during workshops by students writing an extended program in Matlab to model and thus solve a difficult problem in atomic physics or quantum optics. The program will include extensive in-line documentation as per standard professional programming practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrian Abbey

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
Six 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
4 x written assignments(1800 word equiv)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical analysis.4001, 02
1 x computational assignment (700 word equiv)Marks will be awarded for both the appropriateness of the program design and quality of in-line documentation.1003
One 2-hour end of semester written exam (2000 word equiv)5003