**Instructor:** Daniel A. Steck

**Office:** 277 Willamette **Phone:** 346-5313 **email:** dsteck@uoregon.edu

**Office hours:** MW 1:00-2:00, and by appointment (best to email first)

**Course home page:** http://atomoptics.uoregon.edu/~dsteck/teaching/08winter/phys685

**Schedule:** MWF 12:00-1:00, 318 Willamette

**Course reference number:** 24292

**Credits:** 4

**Prerequisites:** PHYS 684

**Links:**
news,
course notes,
homework sets and keys,
software resources.

This course is a continuation from last term. This course will provide a broad overview of quantum-mechanical interactions between light and matter. We will focus mainly on light-atom interactions and thus we will also do some atomic structure. This term we will focus on the quantized electromagnetic field and quantum measurement, with increasing emphasis on computational methods.

**Text:**

I will provide typeset lecture notes for the course. They are available in composite form at this link, but I will also post separate versions for each lecture.

Grades for the course will be based on homework and an in-class final exam. The relative weights will be as follows:

- Homework: 50%
- Final exam: 50%

**Homework:** *short* problem sets will be assigned approximately
weekly during the term.

**Final exam:**
the final exam is an in-class exam, to be held at the reguarly
scheduled time of Tuesday, 18 March, 2008, at 10:15 am.

**Pass/fail grading option:** a passing grade requires the equivalent
of a C- grade on all the course work (homework and final).

This is a **tentative** schedule of topics to cover in this course.

Monday | Wednesday | Friday |
---|---|---|

7 JanuaryField Quantization: Single Mode |
9 JanuaryField Quantization: Multimode |
11 JanuaryField Quantization: Transverse Delta Function |

14 JanuaryField Quantization: Field Commutators |
16 JanuaryMinimal Coupling Interaction |
18 JanuaryPower-Zienau Transformation |

21 JanuaryNo Class: MLK Day |
23 Januaryp.A vs. r.E interactions |
25 JanuaryAharonov-Bohm Effect |

28 JanuaryJaynes-Cummings Model |
30 JanuaryJaynes-Cummings Model |
1 FebruarySpontaneous Emission |

4 FebruarySpontaneous Emission: Master Equation |
6 FebruaryNonexponential Decay |
8 FebruaryCoupled-Mode Theory |

11 FebruaryCavity Decay and Driving |
13 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Dispersive Media |
15 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Green Tensor |

18 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Kramers-Kronig Relations |
20 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Generalized Susceptibility |
22 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Casimir-Polder Force |

25 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Casimir-Polder Force |
27 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Casimir-Polder Force |
29 FebruaryLinear Response Theory: Casimir-Polder Force |

3 MarchLinear Response Theory: Lifetime Shifts |
5 MarchLinear Response Theory: Lifetime Shifts< |
7 MarchStochastic Calculus: Wiener Process |

10 MarchStochastic Calculus: Ito Calculus |
12 MarchStochastic Calculus: Ito Calculus |
14 MarchReview and Evaluation |