PH 681 AMO

PH 681 - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics                        Fall 2007

Instructor Office Hours

David McIntyre,, Weniger 463, MWF 10-11


B.H. Bransden & C.J. Joachain, Physics of Atoms and Molecules, 2nd edition, (Prentice Hall, 2003) (BJ)

References (Valley Reserve)

1. A. E. Siegman, Lasers, (University Science Books, Mill Valley, 1986) (S) (TK7871.3.S5521)
2. R. Loudon, The Quantum Theory of Light, 3rd ed. (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000) (L) (QC446.2.L68)

Other References

1. Christopher Gerry, Peter Knight, Introductory quantum optics, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK; New York, 2005) (QC446.2 .G47)
2. Pierre Meystre, Murray Sargent III, Elements of quantum optics, (Springer, New York, 1999) (QC446.2 .M48)
3. Marlan O. Scully and M. Suhail Zubairy, Quantum optics, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge; New York, 1997) (QC446.2 .S4)
4. Bruce W. Shore, The theory of coherent atomic excitation, (Wiley, New York, 1990) (QC454.A8 S47)
5. A. Hemmerich , Lecture notes on Laser Cooling and Atom-Light Interactions (Laser Cooling link to pdf file)

Course Outline




Review of Hydrogen Atom

BJ 1.7, 3, 5

HW1 due 10/05/07

Two-electron Atoms BJ 7
Many-electron Atoms BJ 8


BJ 10, 11

Atom-Light Interactions

BJ 2.8, 4, 9; S 2-5, 31; L 1-2

Laser Physics

S 6-8


Homework problems will be assigned periodically. Collaboration on homework exercises is encouraged provided proper attribution is given, but each student must write an independent presentation of the solution. To receive credit, work must be submitted before due date.

Course Evaluation

Homework: 50%
Midterm exam: 20% (Friday 11/2/07 9:00 am)
Final exam: 30% (Tuesday 12/4/07 6:00 pm)

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