Coursebooks

Atoms and radiation

CH-360

Lecturer(s) :

Pennacchio Francesco
Puppin Michele

Language:

English

Summary

Spectroscopy, i.e. measurement of the response of a system to a perturbing electromagnetic field, is one of the most important tools to study microscopic systems. This course provides the basics of spectroscopy, discussing in detail the interaction between atoms and electromagnetic radiation.

Content

Reminder 

-      Early concepts of the atom

-      Electromagnetic radiation

-      Radiating bodies

 

Spectroscopies Fundamentals 

-       Emission, absorption and dispersion of light

-       Quantum mechanics modelling: Einstein coefficients and Planck law

-       The spectral shapes of atomic transitions

-       Time-dependent quantum mechanics problems

 

Radiation measurements:

-       Spectrometers

-       Interferometers 

-       Detectors

 

Fundamentals of Lasers: 

-       Stimulated absorption and emission of radiation

-       Technology, basics and limitations

-       Gas, dye, excimer and solid state lasers 

 

Non-Linear Optics 

-       Non-linear effects

-       Second Harmonic Generation

-       Sum Frequency Generation and Difference Frequency Generation

 

 

Ultrafast Physics  

-       Short light pulses generation

-       Mode-locking

-       Pulse propagation and chirp

-       Pulse amplification

 

Strong field physics

-       High Harmonic Generation

-       Attosecond pulse production

-       Attosecond experiments

 

Keywords

Atoms, electromagnetic radiation, spectroscopy, laser, light measurement, non-linear optics, ultrafast physics

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Quantum mechanics, Electromagnetism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Assessment methods

30% course project

20% mid-term

50% oral exam

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Others Office: CH H1 565, CH H1 545

Resources

Bibliography

W. Demtröder : Laser Spectroscopy (Springer Verlag, Berlin 1997)

Hertel :Atoms, Molecules and optical physics

Ressources en bibliothèque
Notes/Handbook

Lecture notes

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9 CM1100   
9-10    
10-11 CM1100   
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Lecture in French
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