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Unit Overview


This unit consists of two parts: (1) Introduction to concepts from quantum field theory, which include Lagrangians and actions, the simple harmonic oscillator, creation and annihilation operators, Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures, Klein Gordon equation, Fock space, path integrals in quantum mechanics, generating functionals, introduction to path integral approach to quantum field theory, propagators and interactions, Dirac equation; and (2) a hands-on introduction to quantum optics, where students learn and understand main concepts of light-matter interaction in real world experimental circumstances. Topics include quantum states of light field, Hong–Ou–Mandel effect, density matrices, Lindblad master equation, cavity QED, Jaynes-Cummings model, realistic quantum systems and applications where quantum properties of light play a major role.

The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, and developed and applied through a series of laboratory tasks. Skills in problem identification and mathematical solution are fostered through assignment sheets and tutorial activities.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) analyse the concepts and physical principles involved in quantum field theory and quantum technologies; (2) communicate ideas, both orally and written, relating to quantum field theory and quantum technologies; (3) solve problems in a range of realistic physical situations; (4) execute an advanced experiment relevant to the frontiers of physics; and (5) evaluate the results of an advanced experiment relevant to the frontiers of physics.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories ; (2) assignments ; and (3) in-semester tests and final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratories component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maxim Goryachev
Unit rules
Enrolment in in the 53560 Master of Physics
or the
CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics and the MJD-FRODM Frontier Physics major
and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetis
and PHYS2002 The Physics of Particle
and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics
and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics
PHYS3004 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Contact hours
Lectures: average 3-hours per week
Practical Classes: 1-hour per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.