Specialise in Quantum Optics

The rapid progress of in the field of quantum optics over the last decades now enables us to study these intrinsically quantum effects in the lab every day and even opens up the road towards future photonic quantum technology.

At SDU, you have the chance to work on state-of-the-art experiments in multiple quantum optics and photonics laboratories , exploring the physics of single photons and their applications in technology and the life sciences. From designing, fabricating and testing nano-optics devices to nonlinear microscopy in biology to strongly interacting photons in ultracold atomic gases, you have the option to choose from fascinating Master Thesis projects to gain hands-on experience in the latest topic areas in quantum optics.

A unique aspect of quantum optics is the closeness between fundamental theory, state-of-the-art experiments and, in recent years, even technology development in universities and industry. Although many challenges remain to be solved by future excellent researchers, the fact that quantum mechanics will be of core relevance for engineering, chemistry, biology, life sciences and technology is now clearly established.

At SDU, we provide you with expert theoretical training in modern quantum mechanics, both in optics and beyond, as well as exciting laboratory options for Master Thesis projects. The specialization in quantum optics thus puts you into the perfect position for becoming one of the future excellent researchers or developers leading the next quantum revolution!

Master Thesis projects

The following are examples of previous Master Thesis topics in the area of Quantum Optics:

  • Intrinsic three-photon correlations mediated by a single Rydberg superatom
  • Free-Space Quantum Electrodynamics with a single Rydberg superatom
  • Construction and setup of a 3rd generation Rydberg Quantum Optics experiment

Career perspectives

Quantum optics and, more generally, quantum mechanics are rapidly changing from topics relevant only in dedicated laboratories into concepts applied throughout science and technology. This is reflected in the explosion of companies and business ideas built on Quantum Technology, which aim to exploit what is currently worked out in university laboratories for next-generation applications.

Consequently, the job market for quantum opticians, both experimental and theoretical, is fantastic, with options throughout academia as well as in research and development in anything from small start-up companies to industry giants.

Our specialisation in Quantum Optics will put you in the perfect place to be at the very forefront of this exciting emerging technology.

Who teaches Quantum Optics?

Sebastian Hofferberth leads the Nonlinear Quantum Optics group at SDU. In their labs, single photons are taught to interact with each other through a combination of a wide range of experimental techniques from quantum optics and atomic physics. The driving motivation for Sebastian is to “see” quantum mechanics in action with his own eyes in the lab, which is the first step to developing a deep and also practical understanding of quantum mechanics and its possibilities for future science and technology.

N. Asger Mortensen is heading a VILLUM Investigator project on quantum plasmonics at SDU. Plasmonics is concerned with the electrodynamics of free conduction electrons hosted, for instance, in metals and doped semiconductors, and also novel 2D materials such as graphene. As such, quantum plasmonics is an exciting young research field where light-matter interactions are explored in situations where both light and matter is potentially exhibiting quantum mechanical phenomena. While research is curiosity-driven there are also perspectives for novel quantum technology.

Joel D. Cox is a newly appointed D-IAS faculty member, who is focusing on quantum optics in the near vicinity of 2D materials, themselves prime examples of quantum materials.