Quantum Technology and Quantum Phenomena in Macroscopic Systems

By Prof. Amarendra Kumar Sarma   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 665
In recent times, owing to the rapid advancement in technology a variety of solid-state nano-systems have been realized. One needs quantum optics to describe these systems. It is understood that the next phase of technology revolution needs to use quantum mechanics. This course will enable the students to understand the fundamentals behind these upcoming quantum technologies. The course will prepare and motivate them to take a research carrier in this highly promising modern area of inter-disciplinary research.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students from B.Tech. Engineering Physics, M.Sc. Physics and B.Tech. Electrical Engineering. Also, Ph.D. students working in the area of Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Optics.

PRE-REQUISITE : An elementary course on Quantum MechanicsĀ 

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Physics
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction; Review of classical and quantum harmonic oscillator
Week 2 : Basic idea of quantization of electromagnetic fields; Density matrices and other related concepts
Week 3 : Coherent and squeezed states. Wigner density
Week 4 : Two-level atomic systems; Bloch vectors, Rabi oscillations
Week 5 : Cooper pair box and its approximation as a two-level system; Microwave transmission line
Week 6 : Quantization of transmission line and Jaynes-Cummings model
Week 7 : Application of Jaynes-Cummings model in Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics; Linblad mater equation and its applications
Week 8 : Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) and its technological applications; Discussion of Assignment 1.
Week 9 : Cavity Quantum Optomechanics: Classical perspectives
Week 10 : Linearized Quantum Optomechanics; Discussion of Assignment 2.
Week 11 : Optomechanical cooling, normal-mode splitting. Squeezing
Week 12 : Discussion of Assignment 3; Current research trends in the area of circuit QED and Quantum Optomechanics.

Books and references

Quantum Optomechanics, W.P. Bowen and G.J. Milburn, CRC Press (2016)

Instructor bio

Prof. Amarendra Kumar Sarma

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Amarendra Kumar Sarma is a Professor of Physics, in the department of Physics, IIT Guwahati. He works on a multitude of frontier areas, covering both fundamental and applied aspects of theoretical quantum and nonlinear optics. His current focus of research is Cavity Quantum Optomechanics and quantum correlations. He has successfully guided 8 Ph.D. students so far and currently another 5 students are working in his group towards their Ph.Ds. Prof. Sarma has published many high quality research articles in prestigious physics journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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