PHY332 - Atomic and Laser Physics
This module covers the physics of atoms and lasers at an intermediate level. The course begins with a review of the Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom and the atomic wave functions that emerge from it. It then covers atomic selection rules, spectral fine structure and the effects of external fields. The spectra of selected multi-electron atoms are described. The basic operation of the laser is then covered by introducing the concepts of stimulated emission and population inversion. The course concludes with a description of common lasers and their applications, including laser cooling of atoms.