I have been teaching 1/3 of the 4th year postgraduate physics course Laser Physics and Quantum Optics (PHYS4055) at the University of Queensland in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The course provides an introduction to the physics of lasers, atom-light interactions, and the quantization of the electromagnetic field. The implications for the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and nonclassical effects which arise are considered. In this role, I have developed new learning materials and delivered lectures and tutorials totalling 4 contact hours per week for a total of 4-5 weeks each year. In addition, I have designed final exam questions and marked them under the supervision of the course coordinator Dr J. Corney. My part of the teaching covers the quantum description of the light to the quantum approach of atom-light interactions. Below you can find some of the learning material I have developed.
- Lecture 1: Quantization of the electromagnetic field
- Lecture 2: Coherent states
- Lecture 3 and 4: Photon statistics and photo detection theory
- Lecture 5: Quadratures and squeezed states
- Lecture 6: Quasiprobability distribution
- Lecture 7: Interactions between atoms and quantized light
- Lecture 8 and 9: Spontaneous emission theory and master equation
- Lecture 10 and 11: Application of the master equation. Fokker-Planck equation
In May 2016, I have been teaching 3 lectures and 1 tutorial of the 4th year postgraduate course Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic properties of crystals (PHYS4030) at The University of Queensland.
In 2016 and 2017, I have also been involved in co-supervision of IV years Honours students.
In April 2016, I supervised UQ students during the International Physicists’ Tournament held in Paris. The team had 8 month to work on seventeen open physics problems. Australia team was ranked 13th out of 15 teams. It is a good ranking knowing that it was the first time Australian students participated to this competition and have had no prior training. Better results might be expected for the future tournaments now the students have experienced the competition.