This text is primarily intended to accompany an advanced undergraduate course in atomic physics. However, the elementary atomic physics covered in the early chapters should be accessible to undergraduates when they are first introduced to the subject. The book describes some of the latest advances and the applications to Bose-Einstein condensation of atoms, matter-wave interferometry and quantum computing with trapped ions. To complement the usual quantum mechanical treatment of atomic structure the book strongly emphasizes the experimental basis of the subject, especially in the later chapters.
CJ Foot was a Junior Research Fellow of Jesus College in Oxford 1984-86, as well as being awarded the Lindemann Trust Fellowship at Stanford University 1984-85 and the Royal Society University Research Fellowship 1986-1991. In 1991, he became a university lecturer and was awarded the title of Professor of physics in 2002. He won the National Physical Laboratory Metrology Award in 1990.
1. Early Atomic Physics ; 2. The Hydrogen Atom ; 3. Helium ; 4. The Alkalis ; 5. The LS-coupling scheme ; 6. Hyperfine Structure and Isotope Shift ; 7. The Interaction of Atoms with Radiation ; 8. Doppler-free Laser Spectroscopy ; 9. Laser cooling and trapping ; 10. Magnetic trapping, Evaporative cooling and BEC ; 11. Atom Interferometry ; 12. Ion Traps ; 13. Quantum Computing