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Experimental Methods in Atomic & Molecular Physics, SS17


Lecturer: Apl. Prof. Andreas Wolf ()
Lecture: Fri. 9:00 - 11:00, INF 227 / HS 1 (Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik, Univ. Heidelberg)
First lecture: 21. April 2017
Tutorial: Fri. 11:00 - 12:00, INF 227 / SR 2.402
First tutorial: 21. April 2017
Language of the lecture: English
ECTS points: 4 (according to teaching program)
Requirements: Exercises, homework
Tutorial classification: online registration (closed)
E-learning: Moodle course (closed)
Information in LSF externer Link
Written exam on Fri., 28. Jul 2017:
The written exam will take place during the time of the lecture, but at different location:
Philosophenweg 12, Kleiner Hörsaal (2nd floor)
Starting at 9:15

Experiments with atoms and molecules investigate small systems whose composition out of elementary particles is (mostly) well defined. They can be isolated in space and are ideal probes for precision measurements. Several atoms together can form coupled quantum systems whose properties are useful in technological applications. Moreover, atoms and molecules build up to larger aggregates which determine our "chemical" surroundings.

The course will discuss the principles of laboratory experiments with atoms and molecules considering this wide range of applications. The topics will be illustrated by examples of recent achievements and projects.

  1. Atoms, molecules and electromagnetic fields
    Principal properties of atoms, molecules, ions and laboratory fields
  2. Two-level resonance: spectroscopic techniques and precision limits
    Methods for precision spectroscopic measurements
  3. Rabi oscillations, dressed states
    Atomic dipoles in strong fields
  4. Beams and traps of atoms and ions
    Single atoms and ions: precision properties
  5. Atomic and molecular reactions and strong fields
    Building up and destroying matter aggregates
  6. Raman spectroscopy, three-level system, and dark states
    Internal states and external fields
  7. Laser cooling: the ultimate limits
    Atoms and ions (nearly) at rest
  8. Single atoms and photons: cavity QED
    The coupled quantum states of atoms and photons
  9. Quantum information
    Entangled quantum states and their applications
  10. Atomic and molecular matter waves
    Using the quantum phase of moving atoms
  11. Cold collisions and cold quantum gas
    State-by-state interactions and overlapping matter waves
  12. Femto- and attosecond physics
    The short-time frontier