This is the first of a two-semester subject sequence that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Topics covered include the interaction of radiation with atoms: resonance; absorption, stimulated and spontaneous emission; methods of resonance, dressed atom formalism, masers and lasers, cavity quantum electrodynamics; structure of simple atoms, behavior in very strong fields; fundamental tests: time reversal, parity violations, Bell's inequalities; and experimental methods.
This course has evolved out of the following courses offered for M.Sc. (Physics) students at IITMadras:
- Quantum Mechanics I
- Quantum Mechanics II
- Atomic and Molecular Physics
- Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy and
- Theory of Atomic Collisions and Spectroscopy
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