Atoms and Molecules Interacting with Light

Atoms and Molecules Interacting with Light

Atomic Physics for the Laser Era

Metcalf, Harold J.; Van Der Straten, Peter

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

This in-depth textbook with a focus on atom-light interactions prepares students for research in a fast-growing and dynamic field. Utilising an intuitive and physical approach and including exercises throughout, advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students are able to balance theory with experiment.
Part I. Atom-Light Interaction: 1. The classical physics pathway; Appendix 1A. Damping force on an accelerating charge; Appendix 1B. Hanle effect; Appendix 1C. Optical tweezers; 2. Interaction of two-level atoms and light; Appendix 2A. Pauli matrices for motion of the bloch vector; Appendix 2B. The Ramsey method; Appendix 2C. Echoes and interferometry; Appendix 2D. Adiabatic rapid passage; Appendix 2E Superposition and entanglement; 3. The atom-light interaction; Appendix 3A. Proof of the oscillator strength theorem; Appendix 3B. Electromagnetic fields; Appendix 3C. The dipole approximation; Appendix 3D. Time resolved fluorescence from multi-level atoms; 4. 'Forbidden' transitions; Appendix 4A. Higher order approximations; 5. Spontaneous emission; Appendix 5A. The quantum mechanical harmonic oscillator; Appendix 5B. Field quantization; Appendix 5C. Alternative theories to QED; 6. The density matrix; Appendix 6A. The Liouville-von Neumann equation; Part II. Internal Structure: 7. The hydrogen atom; Appendix 7A. Center-of-mass motion; Appendix 7B. Coordinate systems; Appendix 7C. Commuting operators; Appendix 7D. Matrix elements of the radial wavefunctions; 8. Fine structure; Appendix 8A. The Sommerfeld fine-structure constant; Appendix 8B. Measurements of the fine structure 9. Effects of the nucleus; Appendix 9A. Interacting magnetic dipoles; Appendix 9B. Hyperfine structure for two spin =2 particles; Appendix 9C. The hydrogen maser; 10. The alkali-metal atoms; Appendix 10A. Quantum defects for the alkalis; Appendix 10B. Numerov method; 11. Atoms in magnetic fields; Appendix 11A. The ground state of atomic hydrogen; Appendix 11B. Positronium; Appendix 11C. The non-crossing theorem; Appendix 11D. Passage through an anticrossing: Landau-Zener transitions; 12. Atoms in electric fields; 13. Rydberg atoms; 14. The helium atom; Appendix 14A. Variational calculations; Appendix 14B. Detail on the variational calculations of the ground state; 15. The periodic system of the elements; Appendix 15A. Paramagnetism; Appendix 15B. The color of gold; 16. Molecules; Appendix 16A. Morse potential; 17. Binding in the hydrogen molecule; Appendix 17A. Confocal elliptical coordinates; Appendix 17B. One-electron two-center integrals; Appendix 17C. Electron-electron interaction in molecular hydrogen; 18. Ultra-cold chemistry; Part III. Applications: 19. Optical forces and laser cooling; 20. Confinement of neutral atoms; 21. Bose-Einstein condensation; Appendix 21A. Distribution functions; Appendix 21B. Density of states; 22. Cold molecules; 23. Three level systems; Appendix 23A. General case for _1 , _2; 24. Fundamental physics; Part IV. Appendices: Appendix A. Notation and definitions; Appendix B. Units and notation; Appendix C. Angular momentum in quantum mechanics; Appendix D. Transition strengths; References; Index.
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