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Subhadeep Gupta
PHYS 550
Seattle Campus

Atomic Physics

Theory of atomic structure and spectra; atomic and molecular beams; resonance techniques; atomic collisions; topics of current interest. Prerequisite: PHYS 519.

Class description

Survey of contemporary atomic physics including basic atomic structure, interaction with radiation, laser cooling and trapping, and special topics (such as Bose-Einstein condensates, cavity QED, frequency combs).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, homework sets, term paper and in-class presentation.

Recommended preparation

Graduate-level quantum mechanics.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly homework assignment. You will be required to prepare and deliver one 30 minute presentation on a relevant topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. You will also be required to submit a (4-page) term paper on this topic.

25% homework, 25% presentation, 50% paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Subhadeep Gupta
Date: 11/16/2012