Physics 722 Atomic and Optical Physics

Tu and Th 12:30 to 1:45 PM room: 3301 Physics




Luis Orozco office: 2127 Physics          phone: 301- 405-9740

Office hour Tu 10 to 11 AM, and by appointment.


Steven Rolston office: 2125 Physics phone: 301- 405-7189


            Office hour Th 10 to 11 AM, and by appointment.


We will divide the lecture roughly by topics


            We will post current papers and reviews on the web page.


Mid term:

You have to write a 1000 word report for the general public (a person with an undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline, but not necessarily physics) based on a current paper in the literature (Physical Review Letters, Science, Nature). Your selection of the paper is due on February 19 and the report on March 9 by 5:00 PM.


Final exam:

Instead of a final exam, you will select an article in AMO physics, published in Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A, Science, Nature, or JOSA B since January 2003 and give a 10 minute presentation followed by 2 minutes for questions. The presentation will follow the format of the contributed talks of the APS meetings. You have to submit an abstract (see APS website for information) by April 22 and the presentations will be during the final week of the course.



Mid-term: 50%, Final project: 50%


If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact one of us as soon as possible.


Tentative Course Outline:


Jan 27-Feb 19

Statistical methods in Quantum optics and Quantum trajectories.

Feb 24-Mar 18

Bose Einstein Condensation and Degenerate Fermi Gases

Mar 30-Apr1

Optical lattices

Apr 6-Apr 22

Cavity QED and Precision Measurements

Apr 27-May 11

Quantum Computing