Physics 8.421 Spring 2016

 

                             Atomic and optical Physics

 

 

Room

Tel.

e-mail

Lecturers:

Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle

26-243

253-6815

ketterle@mit.edu

Online:

Prof. Isaac Chuang

26-251

253-1692

ichuang@mit.edu

Assistants:

Ivana Dimitrova

26-269

idimitro@MIT.EDU

 

Matthew Nichols

26-267

nicholsm@MIT.EDU

 

Boris Shteynas

26-259

shteynas@MIT.EDU

 

William Cody Burton

26-269

wburton@mit.edu

 

Melih Okan

26-267

mokan@MIT.EDU

Secretary:

Joanna Keseberg

26-237

253-6830

j_k@mit.edu

Lectures:     most Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 1:00-2:30pm

                        See calendar for schedule:  Course info and calendar

                        First day of classes: Wed, 2/3

NOTE (5/6/16):  Term paper is due on THURSDAY 5/12.  Please upload on the Stellar site.

Room            All classes in Room 4-163, except for 2/12, 2/19, 3/18 when we meet in 4-231

 

Paper homework

Module 2  AC Stark effect due on Fri, 3/11  Solutions

Module 3  Spont. emission due on Fri, 4/1  Solutions

Module 4:  Ramsey spectroscopy and echoes, due on Wed 4/27 .. Solutions

 

 

Previous midterm exams

2010   2012    2014

 

Feedback questionnaire responses

 

Midterm quiz with solutions

 

Results midterm

 

Office hours: 

Wolfgang Ketterle:  Wed 2:30-3:30 or by appointment (just send an e-mail ….)

TAs:  TBA

 

 

Residential MITx site for 8.421 with lecture videos and online problems

https://lms.mitx.mit.edu/courses/MITx/8.421/2016_Spring/about

 

 

Assignments for Problems

The due dates on this page are the valid ones.  If the MITx page or other pages show different due dates, ignore those.

Some problem sets have both online and paper components.  Please be sure to check due dates for each component.

 

All online assignments have to be finished for

Module One:  By Wed 2/24

Module Two:  By Wed 3/16

Module Three: By Mon 4/4

Module Four: By Mon 4/25

Module Five: By Mon 5/9

 

Assignements for Video Lectures :

The ten overview lectures provide the context, motivation and summary for each block (half a module).  You should the watch the video lectures before the disussion session where I assume that you are familiar with the material of the lectures.

 

Overview 1a (2/5):  Resonance and classical spin, watch M1.1 until 2/12

Overview 1b (2/16):  Quantum spin and density matrix

 

Term papers due:  Thu, 5/12/2016 (last day of classes at MIT).  Please submit online via Stellar.

Instructions for length, format and topics:  Course requirements

 

Midterm exam:  in class (1:00-2:30pm) 4/13

(closed book ---- all necessary formulae will be provided.  Exam will test understanding, rather than memorization).

 

 

 

Web Site for 2014                   Web Site for 8.422

 

Atomic Physics Wiki with Typed Lecture Notes

 

Old Class Write-Ups (from 2014) and papers for further reading

Resonance (Feb. 5, 10, 14, 18, 19)

Atoms (Feb. 19, 26, 28, March 3, 5)

            Dan Kleppner, Phys. Today article on hydrogen  pdf

            Evolution of hydrogen spectroscopy

            Clicker questions on atomic structure (March 5)

Atoms in external fields (March 5, 14, 17, 19)

Atom-light interactions (March 19, 31, April 2, 7, 9, 14)

            Einstein 1917 paper pdf

            Dan Kleppner’s Phys. Today column on Einstein’s paper  pdf

Line broadening (April 14, 16, 23, 25)

            Ramsey’s paper on Separated Oscillatory Fields  pdf

Two-photon excitation (April 25, 30)

Coherence (April 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14)

            Lounis and Cohen-Tannoudj paper on Fano profile pdf

            Dicke paper on Superradiance  pdf

            Superradiant Rayleigh Scattering from a Bose-Einstein Condensate  pdf

            Dicke:  The Coherence Brightened Laser  pdf

 

            Last class:

entanglement of many atoms by a single photon   Reichel group     Vuletic group

                        index of refraction and dispersive imaging:   notes     Varenna lectures

                        nature of bosonic enhancement:   stimulated emission     atom scattering

 

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