Course: PHYS 560T Theoretical Atomic Physics (Quantum)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Heidi Fearn


Notes will be handed out in class. Physics of Atoms and Molecules by Brandsden and Joachain. I would also recommend Elementary Atomic Structure by G. K. Woodgate.


There will be one midterm and a final exam, the midterm is worth 45% and the final worth 55%. Problems will be assigned on a regular basis and will be taken from the book and hand out problems. Each assignment will be given to you in xerox form. I will NOT grade these problems and I DO NOT expect them to be handed in. You will get answers.


I will be stressing the interaction of light with atoms.. we will also cover some statistical mechanics, MB, FD and BE distributions.

Review QM, harmonic oscillator, quantize radiation field

Special topics in quantum optics, quantum eraser experiments

Spontaneous emssion of radiation and selection rules

calculation of radiation lifetimes

the absoption and stimulated emission of radiation

optical pumping

laser theory

special topics of interest: superfluidty, superconductivity, Rotons, other??