application of quantum mechanics

Special/Select Topics in Atomic Physics

Course Description

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.

Course Objective

This course has evolved out of the following courses offered for M.Sc. (Physics) students at IITMadras:

  1. Quantum Mechanics I
  2. Quantum Mechanics II
  3. Atomic and Molecular Physics
  4. Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy and
  5. Theory of Atomic Collisions and Spectroscopy

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