Atomic Physics 721

Atomic and Optical Physics [Physics 721]

Time: Monday / Wednesday 2:30 – 3:50 PM
Room : phys 1219


Office hours:

  • by arrangement


  • HW [95%] and final exam [5%]

Base text:

Additional Notes:

1992 Notes on laser cooling: From William D. Phillips.

Complete Doppler cooling story: Gordon and Ashkin; Phys. Rev. A 21 1606 (1980).

For reference:

  1. Atom-Photon Interactions [Cohen-Tannoudji, Dupont-Roc, and Grynberg]
  2. Atomic Physics [Budker, Kimball, and DeMille]
  3. Atomic Physics [Foot]
  4. Photons and Atoms [Cohen-Tannoudji, Dupont-Roc, and Grynberg]
  5. Physics of Atoms and Molecules [Bransden and Joachain]
  6. Laser Cooling and Trapping [van der Straten, and Metcalf]
  7. Quantum mechanics [Sakurai]
  8. E & M [J. D. Jackson]


  1. Basic atomic and optical physics
  2. Basic processes in atomic and optical physics
  3. Open quantum systems
  4. Propagation of light in an atomic medium
  5. Properties of multi-level systems
  6. Stochastic wavefunctions
  7. Adiabatic processes
  8. Atomic motion in laser light
  9. Quantum properties of light interacting with matter
  10. Trapped ions
  11. Atomic matterwaves


Lecture 1: Electromagnetic fields, qubits and density matrices