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phys 882 (SFU spring 2012) "modern experiments in atomic physics"

 

Introduction to principles and methods that guide experiments in modern atomic and molecular physics.

The students will be confronted with the current status of experimental techniques in the field. New developments in laser technology aiding in the cooling and trapping of atoms have brought about a multitude of new experiments using trapped particles.

Make students critically aware of techniques and fundamental principles.

Foster strong literature research …

1.Atom-, molecule- and ion- sources, effusive sources, adiabatic beam expansion, atom sources, charge exchange, electron and positron beams, ion sources
2.Atom and ion detection, Faraday detector, MCP, Daly detector, SEM and channeltron, non-destructive detection methods
3.Optical spectroscopy, atom-radiation interaction, linewidth, laser spectroscopy methods, Doppler-free spectroscopy methods, PID controllers
4.RF and HF spectroscopy, magnetic dipole transitions, the quantum mechanical two-level system, Rabi apparatus & nuclear moments, method of separated oscillatory fields, hyperfine structure measurements, atomic clock principles
5.Trapping and cooling of charged particles, ion trap characteristics, charged particle traps (Kingdon, Paul & Penning), cooling in ion-traps
6.Trapping and cooling of neutral atoms building a trap - the problems, laser cooling, MOT, more traps, optical dipole trap
7.Modern experiments with charged particles, precision mass spectrometry, g-2 and the electron mass, ion crystals and crystalline ion beams, quantum computer8. Modern experiments with neutral atoms, BEC, atom laser, degenerate Fermi gases, cold and ultra-cold neutrons …
8.Subjects of general interest TBD

 

Literature:

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/

in particular the links to the "nobel lectures" are valuable

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