Instructor: Daniel A. Steck
Office: 277 Willamette Phone: 346-5313 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: walk-in or by appointment (best to email first)
Course home page: http://atomoptics.uoregon.edu/~dsteck/teaching/10winter/phys685
Schedule: MWF 11:00-12:00, 318 Willamette
Course reference number: 26490
Prerequisites: PHYS 684
Links: news, course notes, homework sets and keys.
This course is a continuation of Mike Raymer's course 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.
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 take-home final exam. The relative weights will be as follows:
Homework: problem sets will be assigned approximately biweekly during the term.
Final exam: the final exam is a take-home exam, due during the reguarly scheduled time of Tuesday, 16 March, 2010, at noon.
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 list of topics to cover in this course. The actual list of topics by lecture will be posted throughout the term on the notes page.
Here is a calendar for the course; due to travel commitments, some courses will be rescheduled at a time convenient for the majority of the class.
Travel to Los Alamos; class to be rescheduled
No Class: MLK Day
U. Toronto seminar; class to be rescheduled
QELS planning meeting; class to be rescheduled