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Unit information: Quantum Device Engineering in 2016/17

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Unit name Quantum Device Engineering
Unit code EENGM0010
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. John Rarity
Open unit status Not open




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


Topics to be covered will include: a review of applied classical optics, non-linear sources, sub-Poissonian

and squeezed states, single photon sources (dots, NV centres), photon detectors, theory of waveguiding,

single photon interference, multiphoton interference and limits to visibility, introduction to quantum key

distribution systems, introduction to optically detected magnetic resonance, introduction to linear optics

schemes, systems engineering, fabrication, verification.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the working principles behind quantum optical devices.
  2. Describe design criteria for waveguide circuits.
  3. Explain the basics of fabrication methods.
  4. Describe the principles of classical system verification.
  5. Perform practical laboratory and/or industrial techniques.
  6. Demonstrate working knowledge of electro-optics that translate across science and engineering.
  7. Quantify the complexity of scaling technology up to industrial scales.

Teaching details

The course will consist of lectures. There will be a practical experience component comprising approximately 20% of the contact hours.Contact Hours Per Week 2-4.Student Input: Approximate breakdown, 30 contact hours, 120 hours of private study and assigned work. The latter might include some hours spent in practical situations.

Assessment Details

Short written reports on practical aspects totalling no more than 3000 words, 100% (All ILOs)

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.