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Sponsored by the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms

Organizers: I. Chuang, J. Doyle, and D. Pritchard

MIT - Cambridge, MA

July 21 - 25, 2008

General Course Information

This school presents an introductory course in atomic physics, for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students with an interest in pursuing research in atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics. It may also be of interest to others who are moving into these areas of research. The assumed background is an upper level undergraduate course in quantum mechanics. There will be four ninety-minute lectures a day.

The course will be presented the week of 21-25 July, at MIT, in Cambridge, MA, preceding the International Conference on Atomic Physics, at the University of Connecticut, July 27 - August 1, 2008

There will be no examinations, and no formal academic credit will be awarded.

Registration & Local Information

  • This summer school will be held on the MIT campus, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lectures will in room 32-155, at the MIT Stata Center.

  • Registration: The registration fee for the summer school is $110. ICAP'08 Summer School on Atomic Physics registration is now closed.

  • Transportation: The summer school (and MIT dormitories) can be reached by public transportation from Boston's Logan airport, or by Taxi (~$30). Bus Service will be available from MIT to ICAP (in Storrs Connecticut) on Sunday July 27 for $50. To sign up for this bus service, please go to the main ICAP site. Also, a sign-up list will be available at the school for rides with people going from Cambridge to the conference in private or rental cars.

  • Housing:: Air-conditioned dormitory rooms are available at MIT for summer school atendees.


    The lectures in the school have been selected to coherently introduce important concepts in atomic physics, establishing a foundation for introductions into contemporary research subjects, including Bose-Einstein condensates, connections with condensed matter physics, precision measurement, and quantum information science.

    Course notes: [ Part 1 | Part 2 ]

    School lecturers include AMO faculty at MIT and Harvard, and the invited lecturers Ehud Altman (Weizmann), David Demille (Yale), and Jun Ye (JILA / Boulder).

    Tentative schedule (Week of July 21-25):

    Day Time Lecture Speaker Subject
    Monday 8:30 - 9:00     Registration
    9:00   Kleppner Welcome
    9 - 10:30 Lecture 1 Doyle Introduction to AMO; Fundamentals I
    11 - 12:30 Lecture 2 Vuletic Laser Cooling I (atoms and radiation)
    2 - 3:30 Lecture 3 Altman Condensed Matter Theory I
    4 - 5:30 Lecture 4 Lukin Quantum Optics I
    Tuesday 9 - 10:30 Lecture 5 Doyle Fundamentals II & Molecules I
    11 - 12:30 Lecture 6 Altman Condensed Matter Theory II
    2 - 3:30 Lecture 7 Vuletic Laser Cooling II (light forces)
    4 - 5:30 Lecture 8 Chuang Quantum Information
    Wednesday 9 - 10:30 Lecture 9 Lukin Quantum Optics II
    11 - 12:30 Lecture 10 Ye Precision Measurement I
    2 - 3:30 Lecture 11 Ketterle Bose-Einstein Condensates I
    4 - 5:30 Lecture 12 Chuang Open Quantum Systems
    6:30 - 8:00     Social Event
    Thursday 9 - 10:30 Lecture 13 Ketterle Bose-Einstein Condensates II
    11 - 12:30 Lecture 14 Lukin Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics
    2 - 3:30 Lecture 15 Demille AMO Physics Beyond the Standard Model
    4 - 5:30 Lecture 16 Ye Precision Measurement II
    Friday 9 - 10:30 Lecture 17 Zwierlein BEC-BCS Crossover
    11 - 12:30 Lecture 18 Demille Advanced Molecules
    2 - 3:30 Lecture 19 Ketterle Bose-Einstein Condensates III

    In addition, there will be lab tours on July 25 and August 1. They will start at MIT immediately folllowing the summer school, and will be at MIT from 4:00-5:30pm, and at Harvard from 5:30-7:00pm.

    For more information, email icap2008summerschool@gmail.com
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