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Unit information: Quantum Device Engineering in 2020/21

Unit name Quantum Device Engineering
Unit code EENGM0027
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. John Rarity
Open unit status Not open



Quantum information theory, Quantum Light & Matter.

School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit continues the theme of the Quantum Engineering programme by taking the theory and models of the co-requisite units and putting them into practice. Optoelectronic and related quantum optical devices encompass a large range of modern technologies, from fibre optics to silicon semiconductors, and students will gain both theoretical and practical experience in a wide range of examples of specific components. Importantly, these components lend themselves to integration into larger devices and systems, which will also be addressed in the course, bringing engineering techniques to bear on the problems of quantum technology. There is a practical component that will include visits to laboratories and/or fabrication facilities.

Topics to be covered will include: a review of applied classical optics, non-linear photon sources, subPoissonian and squeezed states, single photon sources (dots, NV centres), photon detectors, theory of waveguiding, single photon interference, multi-photon interference and limits to visibility, introduction to quantum key distribution systems, introduction to optically detected magnetic resonance, introduction to linear optics schemes; quantum engineering techniques including electronics and cryogenics.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should:

  • Be able to describe the working principles behind quantum optical devices.
  • Be able to describe design criteria for waveguide circuits.
  • Be able to propose a basic experimental design
  • Be able to describe the principles of classical system verification.

Transferrable skills include:

  • Experience of practical laboratory techniques.
  • Demonstration of working knowledge of electro-optics that translate across science and engineering.
  • The ability to recognise and quantify the complexity of scaling technology up to industrial scales.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Assessment for this graduate-style course will be a written report on an approved topic of practical interest in quantum technology totalling approximately 3000 words.

Reading and References

M. Fox, Quantum Optics an Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2006.

M. Fox, Optical Properties of Solids, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Any material specified by the instructor.