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FYS-287 Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics.
Outline of the Course. Content last changed September 1998
For further details: L. Kocbach, room 549, tel. 55 58 28 70, E-mail:
The course is recommended for the International Master of Science Program.
Therefore, if there are students from this programme, the course will be
given in English. In the following outline, B &J stands for
Bransden and Joachain: Atomic and Molecular Physics ,
which is the recommended book for the course. There will be also distributed
more detailed references to this text and additional notes during the lecture
period. The examination is oral and will take place in the first part of
December. The precise date will be agreed on, depending on the needs of
- Introduction. The history, present state and possible future of Atomic,
Molecular and Optical Science (AMOS).
- Hydrogen-like atoms.Properties of nl-states, Atomic units. Basic facts.
Ref: B &J, Merzbacher, any book on Quantum Mechanics
- Interaction of atomic electrons with Electromagnetic Field. Fermi's
Golden Rule, density of states, elmag. lifetime. Line-shapes. Ref:
B &J, Chapter 4 , NOTES
- Phenomena and Mechanisms: Fine structure and Hyperfine structure of
atomic spectra, Zeeman effect, Stark effect, Lamb-shift , Auger effect.
Ref: B &J, NOTES, qualitative review.
- Two-electron atoms. Perturbatinal and variational methods. Ref:
B &J, NOTES
- Many-electron atoms. Selfconsistent fields. Second quantization and
algebraic methods for SCF. Configuration Interaction. Ref: B
- Principles of Laser Physics. Einstein A and B coefficients, population
inversion. Coherent states of electromagnetic field (Glauber States).
Ref: NOTES , B &J chap.4, chap. 14.2
- Atoms in Laser fields. Ref: NOTES
- Brief Introduction to molecular physics Born-Oppenheimer Approximation,
electronic, rotational and vibrational spectra. Ref: B &J
parts of chapters 9 and 10
- Atomic collisions. Basic topics from collision theory and short description
of the observed phenomena. Ref: B &J - orientation. NOTES.
- Relativistic phenomena in atomic physics. Dirac equation. Spin-orbit
coupling. Ref: NOTES. Background in B &J.
- Relation of atomic physics to other fields. Seminar form. Orientation.
Solid state Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics
- Computer experience with selfconsistent fields, numerical solution
of Schroedinger Equation, Configuration Interaction etc.Ref: NOTES.
Demonstrations on the computers in groups. For interested students - own
Some of the computer exercises will be available during the course at aproprite
periods, a larger block will be run in a special period towards the end
of the course.
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