PHY 565
Quantum Electronics I

Atomic Physics

Spring 2024
Meeting time and place Instructor


  7-8:20 PM

Prof. Dominik Schneble

S-114 Office hours: Tu 2:30-4PM
Topics   Atomic structure, interaction of atoms with static fields; interaction with oscillating fields - atomic resonance and dressed states; coherence effects in three-level systems. Spectroscopy techniques; optical forces; ultracold collisions and atomic quantum gases.
  No textbook required - lecture notes with chapter references to recommended textbooks will be provided as the course proceeds. All materials (lecture notes and homework problems) will be managed in Brightspace
~biweekly homework (50%), midterm (15%) & final (15%) exam; term paper (20%)

Atomic structure of hydrogen and alkali atoms; multielectr. atoms

Interaction of atoms with static electric and magnetic fields

Atomic resonance and dressed states; Jaynes-Cummings model

Coherence effects in 3-level atoms: dark states and EIT

Elements of laser physics and spectroscopy

The mechanical effects of light on atoms: laser cooling and trapping; optical tweezers, traps and lattices

Ultracold collisions and atomic quantum gases

Learning outcomes
Students who completed this course should have a thorough understanding of basic phenomena in modern atomic physics, should be able to describe these phenomena based on quantum mechanics and electrodynamics, and should be able to make quantitative estimates for them.

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 updated 01/18/2024