COURSE GOALS: The goal of the course is to introduce students to modern research topics and the related experimental techniques in the field of atomic physics.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
Upon completing the degree, students will be able to:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.3 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena)
1.4 describe the state of the art in - at least- one of the presently active physics specialities
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.1 identify the essentials of a process/situation and set up a working model of the same or recognize and use the existing models
2.2 evaluate clearly the orders of magnitude in situations which are physically different, but show analogies, thus allowing the use of known solutions in new problems;
2.4 adapt available models to new experimental data
3. MAKING JUDGEMENTS
3.2 develop a personal sense of responsibility, given the free choice of elective/optional courses
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.2 present one's own research or literature search results to professional as well as to lay audiences
4.3 develop the written and oral English language communication skills that are essential for pursuing a career in physics
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1 search for and use physical and other technical literature, as well as any other sources of information relevant to research work and technical project development (good knowledge of technical English is required)
5.3 carry out research by undertaking a PhD
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
Upon passing the course on Experimental methods of atomic physics, the student will be able to:
- describe basic principles of absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy;
- describe the technique of saturation absorption spectroscopy;
- demonstrate knowledge of the magneto-optical traps;
- demonstrate knowledge of evaporative cooling and Bose-Einstein condensation;
- demonstrate knowledge of frequency comb spectroscopy;
- demonstrate knowledge of time-resolved spectroscopy using ultrashort laser pulses;
- demonstrate knowledge of high-harmonic and attosecond pulse generation.
1. Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy ;
2. Doppler-free laser spectroscopy;
3. Laser cooling and trapping;
4. Bose-Einstein condensation;
5. Optical frequency comb spectroscopy;
6. Ultrafast spectroscopy;
7. Generation of high harmonics and attosecond pulses.
Exercises complement the lectures with specific experimental examples.
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Students must regularly attend the classes, and hold a seminar within the topic of ultracold atomic gases.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
Following the classes and the seminar, the students take the oral exam.
- Demtroeder, Laser Spectroscopy, 3rd edition, Springer, Berlin, 2003.
Young, Optics and Lasers, Springer, 5th edition, Berlin,2000.
Budker, Kumball, DeMillel, Atomic Physics, Oxford University Press, 2004
- Metcalf, van der Straten, Laser Cooling and Trapping, Springer, Berlin 1999.
Diels, Rudolph, Ultrashort Pulse Phenomena, 2nd edition, Elsevier, 2005.