Lecturers and Teaching Assistants
Prof. Ofer Firstenberg, Prof. Nir Davidson
Course Schedule and Location
When / Where:
Sunday, 11:15 - 13:00, Drori Auditorium
Wednesday, 14:15 - 16:00, Weissman, Seminar Rm A
Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points
Physical Sciences: Lecture; 4.00 points
Chemical Sciences: 4.00 points
Language of Instruction
Attendance and participation
Required in at least 80% of the lectures
Numerical (out of 100)
Grade Breakdown (in %)
Scheduled date 1
Date / due date
Scheduled date 2
Date / due date
Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)
Review and background
Semi-classical description of a two-level atom in a laser field
Second quantization of the electromagnetic field
Coupling to vacuum
Spontaneous emission, Fluorescence spectroscopy
Quantum jumps and the Monte Carlo wave-function method
Interaction of light and 2-level atoms
Light propagation in resonant media
Decoherence and dephasing
Spectroscopy: Rabi, Ramsey, echo, Doppler-free
Dark state, slow light, and atom-photon polaritons
Atom-atom interactions, Rydberg atoms, cooperative behavior
Motional broadening and narrowing
Principles of laser operation
Rate equations, power in laser operation
Specific laser systems
Laser cooling and trapping
Radiation pressure and dipole forces
Cooling and heating forces, laser cooling
Optical dipole traps
Cooling and trapping of multi-level atoms
Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the physics of photon-atom interaction both in a semi-classic and quantum frameworks.
Explain the principles of laser operation, laser cooling and trapping of atoms, slow light, and laser spectroscopy.
Apply the methods used in the course (e.g. exact diagonalization, dressed states, Master equations, Focker Planck and Langevin approach) to many other systems in optics, atomic, and condensed matter physics.
Amnon Yariv, Quantum Electronics (reserved shelf).
Cohen-Tannoudji, Dupont-Roc, & Grynberg: Photons,
. (reserved shelf).
P. Meystre, and M. Sargent III,
Elements of Quantum Optics
Harold J. Metcalf,
Laser Cooling and Trapping
Quantum Theory of Light
Atomic Motion in Laser Light
, in Fundamental systems in quantum optics, Les Houches 1990 pp. 1-161 (PDF file available from the lecturer).
M. Greiner and M. Lukin lecture notes (PDF file available from the lecturer).
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