CH-360 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Polishchuk Serhii, Versteeg Rolf Baldwin

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

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:

  • Link classical and quantum mechanical pictures for the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic radiation
  • Explain laser cavities
  • Explain the relation between atomic properties and spectroscopic line shapes
  • Explain the physics behind a laser
  • Describe spectroscopic instrumentation
  • Explain nonlinear optical interaction

Transversal skills

  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

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 slides

Reading material

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Atoms and radiation
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Atoms and radiation
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Atoms and radiation
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Atoms and radiation
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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