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Physics 571: Modern Atomic Physics

Course Outline

Hydrogen and hydrogen-like atoms: Non-relativistic theory (review), atomic units, fine and hyperfine structure, effect of static electric and magnetic fields, Lamb shift and spontaneous decay

 

Atom/photon interactions: Density matrix and optical Bloch equations, dressed states, 3-level systems, Autler-Townes effect, dark states, laser spectroscopy

 

Cooling and trapping of neutral atoms: Light pressure forces, atom cooling-Doppler, Sisyphus and evaporative, atom trapping-magneto-optical, magnetic and optical

 

Bose-Einstein condensation: BEC in an ideal gas, atomic collisions and scattering length, weakly-interacting atomic condensate

 

Quantum degenerate fermions: Equilibrium properties, BCS state and Cooper pairing

 

 

 

Organization

 

Lectures M W F 9:00 - 9:50 AM

 

Homework (70%)

 

Term paper (30%)

 

Text: C. J. Foot, Atomic physics

 

C. J. Pethick and H. Smith, Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases

 

  

All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.