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-atom interactions 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 current research 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 their courses.
Simon M. Rochester is a Graduate Student Researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, where he holds a NASA Earth System Science Fellowship.
I: INTRODUCTION TO LIGHT-ATOM INTERACTIONS ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Atomic states ; 3. A bit of angular-momentum theory ; 4. Atoms in external electric and magnetic fields ; 5. Polarized atoms ; 6. Polarized light ; 7. Atomic transitions ; 8. Coherence in atomic systems ; 9. Optical pumping ; 10. Light-atom interaction observed in transmitted light ; II: ADVANCED TOPICS ; 11. Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation ; 12. Perturbative and approximate methods for light-atom interactions ; 13. Polarization effects in transitions with partially resolved hyperfine structure ; 14. The effect of hyperfine splitting on nonlinear magneto-optical rotation ; 15. Coherence effects revisited ; 16. Collapse and revival in quantum beats ; 17. Nuclear quadrupole resonance and alignment-to-orientation conversion ; 18. Selective addressing of high-rank polarization moments ; 19. Tensor structure of the DC- and AC-Stark polarizabilities ; 20. Photoionization of polarized atoms with polarized light ; Appendix A: Constants, units, and notations ; Appendix B: Units of energy, frequency, and wavelength ; Appendix C: Reference data for hydrogen and the alkali atoms ; Appendix D: Classical rotations ; Appendix E: Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation with hyperfine structure ; Appendix F: The Atomic Density Matrix software package
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