Atomic Physics: Precise Measurements and Ultracold Matter

Hardcover | October 26, 2013

byMassimo Inguscio, Leonardo Fallani

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This book illustrates the history of Atomic Physics and shows how its most recent advances allow the possibility of performing precise measurements and achieving an accurate control on the atomic state. Written in an introductory style, this book is addressed to advanced undergraduate andgraduate students, as well as to more experienced researchers who need to remain up-to-date with the most recent advances. The book focuses on experimental investigations, illustrating milestone experiments and key experimental techniques, and discusses the results and the challenges of contemporaryresearch. Emphasis is put on the investigations of precision physics: from the determination of fundamental constants of Nature to tests of General Relativity and Quantum Electrodynamics; from the realization of ultra-stable atomic clocks to the precise simulation of condensed matter theories with ultracoldgases. The book discusses these topics while tracing the evolution of experimental Atomic Physics from traditional laser spectroscopy to the revolution introduced by laser cooling, which allows the manipulation of atoms at a billionth of a degree above absolute zero and reveals new frontiers ofprecision in atomic spectroscopy.

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This book illustrates the history of Atomic Physics and shows how its most recent advances allow the possibility of performing precise measurements and achieving an accurate control on the atomic state. Written in an introductory style, this book is addressed to advanced undergraduate andgraduate students, as well as to more experience...

Massimo Inguscio has worked as an Assistant Professor in Physics at Universities of Pisa and Lecce (1976-1980), Associated Professor at University of Pisa (1980-1986), and Full Professor in Physics at Universities of Napoli (1986-1990) and Firenze (since 1991). He has served as director of LENS (European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spect...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:October 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198525842

ISBN - 13:9780198525844

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Table of Contents

1. Hydrogen2. Alkali atoms and laser cooling3. Bose-Einstein condensation4. Helium5. Alkaline-earth atoms and ions6. Optical lattices and precise measurements7. Optical lattices and quantum simulationAppendix A: Atom-light interactionAppendix B: Laser opticsAppendix C: Bose-Einstein condensationAppendix D: Constants and units