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Atomic Physics

An Exploration Through Problems and Solutions

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Atomic Physics: An Exploration Through Problems and Solutions by Dmitry Budker
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Written as a collection of problems, hints and solutions, this book should provide help in learning about both fundamental and applied aspects of this vast field of knowledge, where rapid and exciting developments are taking place. The authors touch upon a broad spectrum of phenomena and techniques and adopt an experimentalist's approach, by avoiding formal calculations whenever possible in favor of "back-of-the-envelope" estimates, symmetry arguments, and physical analogies. While complete coverage of all AMO Physics is not attempted, there are chapters on atomic structure, behaviour of atoms and molecules in external electromagnetic fields, atomic collisions and experimental techniques. Special attention is given to a discussion of ideas and experimental methods in several "hot areas", a few of these being cold atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates, tests of fundamental symmetries, atomic magnetometers and frequency comb metrology with ultra-short laser pulses.

Table of Contents

1. Atomic Structure; 2. Atoms in External Fields; 3. Interaction of Atoms with Light; 4. Interaction of Light with Atoms in External Fields; 5. Atomic Collisions; 6. Cold Atoms; 7. Molecules; 8. Experimental Methods; 9. Miscellaneous Topics; A. Units, conversion factors, and typical values; B. Reference data for hydrogen and alkali atoms; C. Spectroscopic notation for atoms and diatomic molecules; D. Description of polarization states of light; E. Euler angles and rotation matrices; F. The Wigner-Eckart theorem and irreducible tensors; G. The density matrix; H. Elements of the Feynman diagram technique

Author Biography

Dmitry Budker is Associate Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Derek Kimball is a graduate research assistant in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, USA David DeMille is Associate Professor of Physics at Yale University, New Haven, USA.
Release date NZ
November 27th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Oxford University Press
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