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OUASSA Quantum Physics and Lasers

These two electives are presented by the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies.

What is the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies?

The Dodd-Walls Centre is a Centre of Research Excellence building on New Zealand’s strength in the fields of quantum optics, photonics and precision atomic physics.

Our research centres around photonics, the manipulation of light at the most fundamental, quantum level, and the control and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale, through the use of light.

Laser and Photonics Elective

Why is laser light special? How are lasers used for sensing, optical fibers, and other communication methods? These are just two of the questions we will explore the answers to in this exciting elective.

Quantum Physics Elective

Come along to this elective and learn the answers to questions such as: what is quantum physics? Why is it different to classical physics? Why is it important and what can we do with it? What is quantum cryptography?

Lasers and Photonics

Just as electronics is the control of the flow of electrons for applications in telecommunications and information processing, photonics is the control of light for applications in telecommunications and information processing. Lasers are essential to photonics as they are both well-controlled sources of light and amplifiers of light. In this session we will investigate some of the properties of laser light that make it so useful.