Lesson 1
Introduction to Atomic Physics
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This is the second of a two-semester subject sequence beginning with Atomic and Optical Physics I (8.421) that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Topics covered include non-classical states of light--squeezed states; multi-photon processes, Raman scattering; coherence--level crossings, quantum beats, double resonance, superradiance; trapping and cooling-light forces, laser cooling, atom optics, spectroscopy of trapped atoms and ions; atomic interactions--classical collisions, quantum scattering theory, ultracold collisions; and experimental methods.

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