This course will survey topics in modern AMO theory with an emphasis on applications in Rydberg systems, including:
The course will introduce several different theoretical and numerical approaches to solving problems in AMO theory. Most of the key concepts will be taught using modern research problems as a basis.
Background experience in quantum mechanics, mathematical methods, and computational physics will be assumed; background knowledge in AMO physics will be helpful but topics will be taught without relying on too much background knowledge.
Very useful references and background reading:
Harald Friedrich: Theoretical Atomic Physics and Scattering Theory
Fano and Rau, Atomic Collisions and Spectra
Tom Gallagher, Rydberg Atoms
Your favorite quantum mechanics textbooks: I like C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Sakurai, Griffiths, ...
To register: via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Course requirements: participation in class discussions (70% attendance at minimum!) and in a final project.
Details of the "project": TBD
|October 9||Introduction & Preliminaries / history of Rydberg physics. Lecture 1 Notes.|
|October 16||Hydrogen atom / SuperSymmetric quantum mechanics. Lecture 2 Notes.|
|October 23||Class Postponed (tba makeup class). Intermediate review notes.|
|October 30||SuperSymmetric quantum mechanics / Coulomb Scattering. Lecture 4 Notes.|
|November 6||Coulomb Scattering / Single-channel quantum defect theory. Lecture 5 Notes.|
|November 13||Normalization topics and oscillator strengths. Lecture 6 Notes.|
|November 20||Low-energy behavior / threshold laws. Lecture 7 Notes.|
|November 27||Scattering length / Fermi pseudopotential. Lecture 8 Notes.|
|December 4||Nonseparable quantum mechanics / trilobites.|
|December 11||Dispersion forces, polarization, and long-range interactions.|
|December 18||Multichannel Quantum Defect Theory introduction|
|December 25||Christmas||No lecture|
|January 1||New Years Day||No lecture|