Coursebooks

Atoms and radiation

CH-360

Lecturer(s) :

Puppin Michele

Language:

English

Summary

This course discusses the interaction between atoms and visible electro-magnetic radiation and introduces the main instrumentation for light detection and spectroscopy. The principles of LASER light sources are described, providing notions of nonlinear and ultrafast optics.

Content

Spectroscopies Fundamentals 

-       Emission, absorption and dispersion of light

-       Quantum mechanics modelling: Einstein coefficients and Planck law

-       The spectral lineshape and broadening mechanisms

-       Time-dependent quantum mechanics problems

Radiation measurements:

-       Spectrometers

-       Interferometers 

-       Detectors

Fundamentals of Lasers: 

-       Stimulated absorption and emission of radiation

-       Rate equations

-       Laser cavities

-       Laser gain and mode competition

-       Technology, basics and limitations

-       Gas, dye, excimer and solid state lasers 

Non-Linear Optics

-       Non-linear optical effects

-       Perturbative description of nonlinear optical interactions

-       Second Harmonic Generation

-       Sum Frequency Generation and Difference Frequency Generation

Ultrafast Optics

-       Short light pulses generation

-       Mode-locking

-       Pulse propagation and chirp

-       Chirped Pulse amplification

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

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