Atomic Physics & Ultracold Quantum Gases


Fall 2018


Meeting time and place Instructor


S265 or  S141

Prof. Dominik Schneble

A-106 Office hours: tba
topics   Review of atomic structure in external fields; atom-light interactions; ultracold collisions; cooling and trapping; Bose-Einstein condensates and their mean-field physics; low-dimensional Bose gases; degenerate Fermi gases; pairing, superfluidity and BEC-BCS crossover; vortices; optical lattices; artificial gauge fields.
Connections to condensed-matter, nuclear, and particle physics, quantum information science, and metrology.


  None required - detailed lecture notes with chapter references to reviews and textbooks will be provided as the course proceeds.
Recommended: C.J. Pethick & H. Smith: Bose-Einstein-Condensation in Dilute Gases.
 ~biweekly homework (50%), midterm (15%) & final (15%); term paper (20%)

learning outcomes
Students who completed this course will have a thorough understanding of basic phenomena in ultracold AMO physics, will be able to describe these phenomena based on quantum mechanics, and will be able to make quantitative estimates for them.

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