Abstract: Quantum optics can give insight into quantum communication by utilizing light, more specifically photons, as quantum information. Quantum optics experiments also provide a hands-on way of learning quantum mechanics.
Throughout the talk, we will explore the wave/particle duality of light. This talk will begin with an introduction to quantum optics as well as a virtual laboratory software capable of simulating quantum optics experiments. We will discuss how to generate single photons for experimentation. After this, we will discuss the wave-like behavior of light by analyzing an example of interference. Then, we will discuss the particle-like behavior by analyzing an example of anticorrelation. Additionally, we will discuss entanglement and polarization and analyze an example of both.