
Physics 404 and 69003
Spring 2012

Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics

Course Materials:

Week 0:
1/1820
Intro to Atomic Physics
Physics 404
and Physics 69003 syllabus
Monday (1/18) overheads 
Introductory lecture

Week 1:
1/2327
SemiClassical Model of AtomLight Interactions
Problem Set #1 due
Friday, Feb. 3

Week 2:
1/302/3
Classical Coherence Theory of Light
Problem Set #2 due
Friday, Feb. 17
Wednesday
(2/1) overheads  Modelocked lasers, 1st order coherence, and intensity
fluctuations
Friday (2/3)
overheads  2nd Order Coherence

Week 3:
2/711
2Level Atoms
Monday (2/6)
overheads  2nd order coherence applications

Week 4:
2/1317
Dressed Atom Theory
Problem Set #3 due
Friday, Feb. 24
Monday (2/13)
overheads  5level Rabiflopping
Friday (2/17) overheads
 Mollow triplets and optical dipole laser traps

Week 5:
2/2024
Spontaneous Emission
Problem Set #4 due
Friday, Mar. 2
Wednesday (2/22)
overheads  Atomic clocks

Week 6:
2/273/2 Density
Matrix, Optical Bloch Equations, and Resonance Fluorescence
Problem Set #5 due
Friday, March 23
Friday (3/2)
overheads  absorption imaging

Week 7:
3/1216
Quantum Monte Carlo Wavefunctions and Quantum Trajectories
Monday
(3/12) overheads  Introduction to Classical Monte Carlo
Classical Monte
Carlo worksheet, Monday (3/12)
Wednesday
(3/14) overheads  Quantum Monte Carlo (quantum trajectories)
Midterm on Friday, March 16.

Week 8:
3/1923 MultiLevel
Atoms and Selection Rules
Monday
(3/19) overheads  Review of Atomic Structure
Wednesday
(3/21) overheads  Hyperfine Structure and Zeeman Shifts
Friday (3/23)
overheads  ClebschGordan Coefficients and E1 Selection Rules
Problem Set #6 due
Friday, Apr. 6

Week 9:
3/2630 Laser
Cooling and Trapping I
Monday (3/26)
overheads  E1 selection rules, optical pumping, effective 2level atoms, and
Doppler cooling
Wednesday (3/28)
overheads  The MagnetoOptical Trap (MOT)
Guidelines
for final paper and oral presentation

Week 10:
4/26 Laser
Cooling and Trapping II
Monday (4/2)
overheads  Sisyphus cooling
Friday (4/6)
overheads  Evaporative cooling

Week 11:
4/94/13 Photons
I: Quantized light and Fock States
Problem set #7 due
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Week 12:
4/164/20 Photons
II: Quantized light, Coherent States, and Squeezing

Week 13:
4/234/27 Second
Quantization and BoseEinstein Condensation
Student presentations: Monday, April 23, 2012.
Final paper due date: Friday, April 27, 2012.
Friday, April 27
overheads  BoseEinstein Condensation

