MIT Physics 8.421

 

Atomic and optical Physics

(2020)


 

FROM THE COURSE CATALOG

 

8.421 Atomic and Optical Physics I
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Not offered academic year 2020-2021Graduate (Spring)
Prereq
8.05
Units: 3-0-9
http://web.mit.edu/physics/subjects/index.html
Lecture: MW1-2.30 (
56-114)
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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.
W. Ketterle
Textbooks (Spring 2020)

 

TOPICS:

Introduction

The two-state systems: Resonance

Atoms Ė electronic structure

Helium atom

Fine structure and Lamb shift

Hyperfine structure; Magnetic fields

Atoms in electric fields

Interaction of an Atom with an Electro-Magnetic Field

Einsteinís A and B coefficient

Saturation of transitions

Line shapes

Two-photon transitions

Coherence

Dicke superradiance

 

 

 

TENTATIVE COURSE CALENDAR

 

February 2020

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3

4

5

6

7

Class 1

Introduction

 

Class 2

Begin Module 1

 

 

10

11

12

13

14

Class 3

M1.1

 

Class 4

M1.2

 

 

17

18

19

20

21

No class

Presidentís Day

Class 5

M 1.3 (Monday schedule at MIT)

Class 6

Begin Module 2
M2.1

 

 

24

25

26

27

28

Class 7

M2.2

 

Class 8

TA-led discussion 1:

Sergio Cantu

 

 

 

March 2020

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2

3

4

5

6

Class 9

M2.3 Part 1

 

Class 10

M2.3 Part 2

 

 

9

10

11

12

13

Class 11

Begin Module 3

M3.1 Part 1

 

Class 12

M3.1 Part 2

 

 

16

17

18

19

20

cancelled

 

cancelled

 

 

23

24

25

26

27

MIT spring break

MIT spring break

MIT spring break

MIT spring break

MIT spring break

30

31

Class 13

Discussion on atomic structure

 

 

 

 

 

April 2020

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

2

3

 

 

Class 14

M3.2

 

6

7

8

9

10

Class 15

M3.3

 

Class 16

Begin Module 4

M4.1

 

 

13

14

15

16

17

Class 17

Open discussion and special topics

 

Class 18

M4.2

 

 

20

21

22

23

24

Patriotís Day vacation

 

Class 19

M4.3

 

 

27

28

29

30

Class 20

Begin Module 5

M5.1

 

Class 21

M5.2 Part 1

 

 

 

May 2020

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

 

 

 

 

 

4

5

6

7

8

Class 22

M5.2 Part 2

 

Class 23

M5.3

 

 

11

12

13

14

15

Class 24

Last lecture:Wrap up

Tem paper due

MIT Last Day of Classes