Optically Polarized Atoms: Understanding light-atom interactions

Paperback | May 24, 2014

byMarcis Auzinsh, Dmitry Budker, Simon Rochester

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This book is addressed to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students involved in research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. It will also be useful to researchers practising in this field. It gives an intuitive, yet sufficiently detailed and rigorous introduction to light-atominteractions with a particular emphasis on the symmetry aspects of the interaction, especially those associated with the angular momentum of atoms and light. The book will enable readers to carry out practical calculations on their own, and is richly illustrated with examples drawn from currentresearch topics, such as resonant nonlinear magneto-opticals. The book comes with a software package for a variety of atomic-physics calculations and further interactive examples that is freely downloadable from the book's web page, as well as additional materials (such as power-point presentations) available to instructors who adopt the text for theircourses.

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This book is addressed to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students involved in research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. It will also be useful to researchers practising in this field. It gives an intuitive, yet sufficiently detailed and rigorous introduction to light-atominteractions with a particular emphasis on the ...

Marcis Auzinsh is the Rector of the University of Latvia, where he was previously Chairman of the Senate, Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, and Head of Center of Excellence for Basic Research in Nanoscale Physics and Application. He has held visiting positions at universities around the world, and is a Member of Executiv...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pagesPublished:May 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198705026

ISBN - 13:9780198705024

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Table of Contents

I: Introduction to Light-Atom Interactions1. Introduction2. Atomic states3. A bit of angular-momentum theory4. Atoms in external electric and magnetic fields5. Polarized atoms6. Polarized light7. Atomic transitions8. Coherence in atomic systems9. Optical pumping10. Light-atom interaction observed in transmitted lightII: Advanced Topics11. Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation12. Perturbative and approximate methods for light-atom interactions13. Polarization effects in transitions with partially resolved hyperfine structure14. The effect of hyperfine splitting on nonlinear magneto-optical rotation15. Coherence effects revisited16. Collapse and revival in quantum beats17. Nuclear quadrupole resonance and alignment-to-orientation conversion18. Selective addressing of high-rank polarization moments19. Tensor structure of the DC- and AC-Stark polarizabilities20. Photoionization of polarized atoms with polarized lightAppendix A: Constants, units, and notationsAppendix B: Units of energy, frequency, and wavelengthAppendix C: Reference data for hydrogen and the alkali atomsAppendix D: Classical rotationsAppendix E: Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation with hyperfine structureAppendix F: The Atomic Density Matrix software package

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"The recently published book 'Optically Polarized Atoms' by Marcis Auzinsh, Dmitry Budker and Simon M. Rochester will be a unique and valuable addition to the library of anyone -- students or established researchers [...] It provides a rich mine of information about atomic physics that is hardto find elsewhere. I intend to keep a copy on my shelf of favorite physics books." --William Happer, Princeton University