Atomic and Optical Physics II

Simple diagram showing ground state, excited state and atom moving.

Diagram for light scattering by an atom with ground state g and excited state e. (Image Courtesy of Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle.)

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MIT Course Number

8.422

As Taught In

Spring 2013

Level

Graduate

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Course Description

This is the second of a two-semester subject sequence beginning with Atomic and Optical Physics I (8.421) that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Topics covered include non-classical states of light–squeezed states; multi-photon processes, Raman scattering; coherence–level crossings, quantum beats, double resonance, superradiance; trapping and cooling-light forces, laser cooling, atom optics, spectroscopy of trapped atoms and ions; atomic interactions–classical collisions, quantum scattering theory, ultracold collisions; and experimental methods.

Ketterle, Wolfgang. 8.422 Atomic and Optical Physics II, Spring 2013. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-422-atomic-and-optical-physics-ii-spring-2013 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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