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Atomic and Optical Physics I


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Atomic Physics I

The first of a two-term subject sequence that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical phsyics. The interaction of radiation with atoms: resonance; absorption, stimulated and spontaneous emission; methods of resonance, dressed atom formalism, masers and lasers, cavity quantum electrodynamics; structure of simple atoms, behavior in very strong fields; fundamental tests: time reversal, parity violations, Bell's inequalities; and experimental methods.


Quantum mechanics, linear algebra

Course staff

Wolfgang Ketterle

Professor of Physics

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    12 hours/week
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