Physics 721: Atomic Physics:
Cold Atoms and Quantum Information

Fall 2009, Monday & Wednesday 2:30-4:00, Physics 0405
Jacob Taylor ( & Eite Tiesinga (

This class covers fundamental principles and practices in modern atomic physics. We will begin with atom and light interactions, along with the mathematics and physics tools necessary to understand few-level atoms and their dynamics. Advanced topics in cold atom physics, non-linear optics, and quantum information will be pursued in the latter half of the semester. A good grounding in quantum mechanics, including an understanding of open quantum systems and second quantization, should be considered a prerequisite for this course.

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