440 pages | 91 B/W Illus.
Much of our understanding of physics in the last 30-plus years has come from research on atoms, photons, and their interactions. Collecting information previously scattered throughout the literature, Modern Atomic Physics provides students with one unified guide to contemporary developments in the field.
After reviewing metrology and preliminary material, the text explains core areas of atomic physics. Important topics discussed include the spontaneous emission of radiation, stimulated transitions and the properties of gas, the physics and applications of resonance fluorescence, coherence, cooling and trapping of charged and neutral particles, and atomic beam magnetic resonance experiments. Covering standards, a different way of looking at a photon, stimulated radiation, and frequency combs, the appendices avoid jargon and use historical notes and personal anecdotes to make the topics accessible to non-atomic physics students.
Written by a leader in atomic and optical physics, this text gives a state-of-the-art account of atomic physics within a basic quantum mechanical framework. It shows students how atomic physics has played a key role in many other areas of physics.
Universal units and fundamental constants
Classical harmonic oscillator
Quantum harmonic oscillator
Energy levels of one electron atoms
Interaction with magnetic fields
Atoms in static electric fields—Stark effect
Permanent atomic electric dipole moment (EDM)
Atoms in oscillating electric fields
Strong oscillating fields—Dressed atoms
Magnetic resonance of quantized spin
Resonance in a two state system
Resonance of a realistic two state system
Interaction of EM radiation with atoms
Selection rules and angular distribution
Order-of-magnitude of spontaneous emission
Two photon absorption
Two photon de-excitation processes
Dressed atom for multiphoton processes
Coherence in single atoms
Coherence in localized ensembles
Coherence in extended ensembles
Coherent control in multilevel atoms
Other effects in coherent control
Low intensity and simple collisions
Relativistic effects in emission and absorption
Lineshape of atoms in a gas
Gaussian beam optics
Nonlinear magneto-optic rotation—NMOR
Cooling and Trapping
Magnetic trapping and evaporative cooling
B. What is a photon?
C. Einstein as armchair detective: The case of stimulated radiation
D. Frequency comb
Problems appear at the end of each chapter.