MIT 8.421 Atomic and Optical Physics I, Spring 2014

This is the first of a two-semester subject sequence that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Created by MIT OpenCourseWare.

Average Course Length

40 hours

Skill Level


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1: Resonance I
2: Resonance II
3: Resonance III
4: Resonance IV
5: Resonance V and Atoms I
6: Atoms II
7: Atoms III
8: Atoms IV
9: Atoms V and Atoms in External Fields I
10: Atoms in External Fields II
11: Atoms in External Fields III
12: Atoms in External Fields IV and Atom-light Interactions I
13: Atom-light Interactions II
14: Atom-light Interactions III
15: Atom-light Interactions IV
16: Atom-light Interactions V
17: Atom-light Interactions VI and Line Broadening I
18: Line Broadening II
19: Line Broadening III
20: Line Broadening IV and Two-photon Excitation I
21: Two-photon Excitation II and Coherence I
22: Coherence II
23: Coherence III
24: Coherence IV
25: Coherence V