Atoms in External Fields II 
Atoms in External Fields II
by MIT
Video Lecture 10 of 25
Copyright Information: Wolfgang Ketterle. 8.421 Atomic and Optical Physics I, Spring 2014. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 3 Apr, 2016). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
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Date Added: April 3, 2016

Lecture Description

In this lecture, the professor summarized atoms in external magnetic fields and discussed atoms in external electric fields.

Course Index

Course Description

This is the first of a two-semester subject sequence that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Topics covered include the interaction of radiation with atoms: resonance; absorption, stimulated and spontaneous emission; methods of resonance, dressed atom formalism, masers and lasers, cavity quantum electrodynamics; structure of simple atoms, behavior in very strong fields; fundamental tests: time reversal, parity violations, Bell's inequalities; and experimental methods.

MAIN TOPICS:
- The two-state systems: Resonance
- Atoms—electronic structure
- Helium atom
- Fine structure and Lamb shift
- Hyperfine structure; Magnetic fields
- Atoms in electric fields
- Interaction of an Atom with an Electro-Magnetic Field
- Einstein's A and B coefficient
- Saturation of transitions
- Line shapes
- Two-photon transitions
- Coherence
- Dicke superradiance

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