This is a graduate seminar course on fundamental physics experiments using the techniques of Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) physics. From the Michelson-Morley experiment in the 19th century to present-day searches for dark energy, AMO measurements have constantly probed the boundaries of the laws of physics.
Using weekly assigned readings, this course will provide a background in precision AMO techniques, and expose students to the details of some well known (and lesser known) classic experiments in the field.
#2: The first meeting will be on Friday, January 11th in MP 606.
#1: All the course readings will be provided via Quercus. Please register on Quercus to access them.
Instructor email: amar.vutha@utoronto
Meetings: MP 1115 (Tuesday) & MP 606 (Friday). 9.30 am.
PrerequisitesA strong graduate level background in classical electromagnetism and quantum mechanics will be assumed. Recommended prerequisites are:
- PHY 1485 (Laser Physics)
- PHY 2203 (Quantum Optics I)
- D Budker, DFJ Kimball and D DeMille, Atomic Physics: an exploration through problems and solutions, Oxford (2008).
- F Riehle, Frequency standards, Wiley (2005).
- Reports (25% x 4)
- The grade will be based on 4 reports on topics discussed in the course. Reports should be written in the style of a Physics Today or Physics Viewpoint article, and submitted as PDF files. The limit on each is 4 double-column pages.
- Reports should provide some interesting new insights, identify specific new avenues for exploration, provide a critical analysis of a current proposal/experiment, or provide a summary of the topic that is accessible to someone new to the field.
- One of your reports can be collaborative. Equal points will be given to all collaborators for this report. If you turn in more than 4 reports, the best 4 will be used for the final grade.
- Reports are due no more than 2 weeks after the readings are assigned.