Institute of Optics - University of Rochester
Newport Corporation
National Science Foundation

Quantum Optics, Quantum Information
and Nano-Optics Laboratory

OPT 253/453, PHY 434

University of Rochester
Fall 2018

We acknowledge support by the National Science Foundation awards ECCS-0420888, DUE-0633621, DUE-0920500, and EEC-1393673, the University of Rochester Kauffman Foundation Initiative, the Spectra-Physics division of Newport Corporation, and the 2012 Wadsworth C. Sykes Faculty Engineering Award, Hajim SEAS,
University of Rochester.


National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science

National Photonics Initiative

National Nanotechnology Initiative

2011 Rochester ALPhA's Laboratory Immersions Program (see my program,, and 2011 participants and presentations)

University of Rochester Program on the Certificate in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Lecture: Thursdays 12:00pm-1:00pm (Wilmot 504)
Group T1: Tuesdays 5:00pm-6:30pm
Group T2: Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm
Group F1: Fridays 2:00pm-3:30pm
Group F2: Fridays 3:30pm-5:00pm
Rooms: Wilmot 405, 406, 323
Office Hours: By appointment with Prof. Lukishova, (Wilmot 303)
   Prof. Svetlana Lukishova
     Wilmot 303
 Austin Graf
 (815) 299-3727
 Jeremy Staffa

History: 13 years of Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Nano-Optics educational facility at the Institute of Optics

Syllabus 2018

Course Overview            

In addition to four-credit hour OPT 253/OPT 453/PHY 434 course we have adapted to the main challenge (the lack of space in the curriculum) by developing a series of modular 3-hour experiments and 20-min-demonstrations that were incorporated into a number of courses ranging from freshman (OPT 101) to senior level, in both physics (PHY 243 W) and engineering (OPT 223). Rochester Monroe Community College students also benefited from this facility by carrying out two 3-hour labs at the University of Rochester (see 2012,2011,2010,2009, 2008 years and Freshman Research Projects).

Students & Assignments:
               Current Course 2018
               Archive 2014-2017
               Archive 2013
               Archive 2012
               Archive 2011
               Archive 2010
               Archive 2009
               Archive 2008
               Archive 2007
               Archive 2006
               Freshman Research Projects

               Certificate in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Award

Important Information:
                APD Datasheet
                EMCCD Datasheet
                Photon-Counting Devices

Presentation at the 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017 (Quantum and Nano-Optics Laboratory)

Presentation at the 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017 (Certificate Program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering)

Presentations at the University of Oklahoma (Sept. 14, 2010, Tulsa, OK) and at the State University of New York at Buffalo (Oct. 29, 2010, Buffalo, NY)

Presentation at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics S & T Seminar (Apr. 17, 2009, Rochester, NY)

Presentation at 2008 OSA Symposium "Quantum Optics and Quantum Engineering for Undergraduates" (Oct. 23, 2008, Rochester, NY)

Program of OSA Symposium "Quantum Optics and Quantum Engineering for Undergraduates" (Oct. 23, 2008, Rochester, NY)

Presentation at NSF CCLI Conference (August, 2008)

Presentation at Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 2008)

Presentation at the International Conference on Quantum Optics (Vilnius, Lithuania, September 2008)

National Science Foundation CCLI Phase I Project ($199,092):

National Science Foundation CCLI Phase II Project ($486,360):

National Science Foundation NUE Project ($200,000):

Reports to the National Science Foundation:
               Material Research Instrumentation Grant (Final Report)
               CCLI - Phase I Grant (Annual Report 1)
               CCLI - Phase I Grant (Annual Report 2)
               CCLI - Phase I (Final)
               CCLI - Phase II Grant (Annual Report 1)
               CCLI - Phase II Grant (Annual Report 2)
               CCLI - Phase II Grant (Annual Report 3)
               Student Number and Diversity
               Student Course Evaluation


Lab 1 - Entanglement and Bell's Inequalities (Wilmot 405 & 323) Manual (PDF) Lecture (PDF) Lecture 2 (PPT)
Entanglement is the most exciting and mysterious property of some quantum mechanical systems when property of one particle correlated with the property of the other. It does not matter how far apart such entangled particles are located. Among the best known applications of entanglement are quantum communication and quantum state teleportation. In this lab students obtain a polarization entangled state of two photons using spontaneous parametric down conversion in two type I BBO crystals. Bell’s inequality [see paper J. Eberly, Amer. J. Phys., 70 (3), 276 (2002)] is a classical relation and in quantum mechanics it is violated. To calculate Bell’s inequality students use measurements of the coincidence counts between two single-photon detectors at different settings of linear polarizers in front of each detector. These are located in the opposite sides of a cone of down converted light. Initially this experiment was described in paper P.G. Kwiat et. al., Phys. Rev. A. 60, R773 (1999). For undergraduate laboratory the experiment was developed in papers D. Dehlinger and M.W. Mitchell, Am. J. Phys, 70, 898 (2002) and D. Dehlinger and M.W. Mitchell, Am. J. Phys, 70, 903 (2002).                

Lab 2 - Single-Photon Interference (Wilmot 406) Manual (PDF) Lecture on EM-CCD camera (PPT)
Single-photon Young’s double slit experiment shows wave-particle duality. Measurements are made with laser beam attenuated to a single photon level. Using electron multiplied, cooled CCD camera we can observe both particle behavior of photons (separate bright pixels) at short exposure times and wave behavior (interference fringes) at longer exposure times. Random bright pixels (particle behavior) appear in the areas of maxima of the interference fringes (wave behavior). Mach-Zehnder interferometer is used for the demonstration of single-photon interference after removing “which-way” information (identification of the path). See also undergraduate experiment by M.B. Schneider and I.A. LaPuma, Am. J. Phys., 70 (3), 266-271 (2002).

Lab 3 - Confocal Microscope Imaging of Single-Emitter Fluorescence (Wilmot 323) Manual (PDF) Lecture 1 (PDF) Lecture 2 (PDF)
In this lab students learn how to produce single photons obeying the laws of quantum mechanics. A single-photon source (SPS) that efficiently produces photons exhibited antibunching is a pivotal hardware element in photonic quantum information technology. Secure quantum communication (see attached paper) with single photons will prevent any potential eavesdropper from intercepting the message without the receiver's noticing. SPS also enables quantum computation using linear optical elements and photodetectors. To produce single photons exhibiting antibunching a laser beam should be focused into area containing only one emitter. A single emitter emits single photon at a time because of fluorescent lifetime. In this lab students get acquainted with a confocal fluorescence microscopy of single emitters and photonic bandgap materials. Using confocal microscope they image the fluorescence of single colloidal semiconductor quantum dots and single dye molecules. Students also prepare 1-D photonic bandgap chiral liquid crystal samples doped with quantum dots and obtain images of quantum dots in this photonic bandgap structure.

Lab 4 - Hanbury Brown & Twiss Setup, Photon Antibunching (Wilmot 323) Manual (PDF) Thesis on Single-Photon Source (PDF)
In this lab students learn how to prove that a source of light is a single photon source. In difference with light attenuated to a single photon level, photons from single emitters exhibit antibunching. Students observe fluorescence antibunching from single quantum dots in photonic bandgap liquid crystal host using a Hanbury Brown and Twiss interferometer and measuring time intervals between two consecutive photons using time correlated single photon counting card TimeHarp 200. They also measure fluorescence lifetime of dye molecules.

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