Quantum Experiments
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2020/21 
Vakcode  WMPH01705 
Vaknaam  Quantum Experiments 
Niveau(s)  master 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester I b 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Quantum Experiments  
Leerdoelen  At the end of the course, the student is able to: 1. identify where quantum mechanical description of experiments is required. Clarify the role of QM in an experiment; 2. describe atomlight interactions in quantum mechanical terms (Rabi frequency, transition moments, coherent state transfer, atomic degrees of freedom); 3. discuss collective behaviour of quantum gases (BoseEinstein and Fermi gases) and provide interpretation of observations; 4. formulate and design approach which exploits quantum nature in an experimental strategy. Assess the advantages of such an approach; 5. analyze original literature and select relevant statements from these papers. 

Omschrijving  Modern description of experiments in the language of quantum mechanics is the basis of understanding of stateoftheart precision experiments. We identify the crucial parts of experiments in order to exploit the capacity of the experiments. The course focusses on interaction of light with atoms and molecules. The students learn the quantum description of the interaction. In particular, atomlight interaction leading to laser cooling and trapping is studied in the first part. The understanding of this technique has revolutionized modern atomic physics. The underlying principles the limits of this new technique are investigated. This does not only allow for the creation of quantum fluids (BoseEinstein Condensation and degenerate Fermi gases) but provides the basis for the description of quantum state manipulations. In the second part of the lecture the acquired knowledge is used to discuss atom interferometry and its applications (e.g. measurements of fundamental constants, gravitometry), trapping of atoms and ions (e.q. mass measurements, gfactors, quantum computing) and experiments reaching beyond the electromagnetic interaction such as searches for permanent electric dipole moments of fundamental particles (EDMs) or measurements of the weak interaction in atomic systems. These topics are discussed on the basis of seminal papers in the field. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm  Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)  
Toetsvorm 
Mondeling tentamen (OR), Opdracht (AST)
(The student has to pass the oral exam (>5.5) and has participated in the lecture actively.) 

Vaksoort  master  
Coördinator  dr. L. Willmann  
Docent(en)  dr. L. Willmann  
Verplichte literatuur 


Entreevoorwaarden  
Opmerkingen  This course was registered last year with course code WMPH19003  
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