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**Optically polarized atoms**Simon M. Rochester UC Berkeley Dmitry Budker UC Berkeley and LBNL Textbook to be published by Oxford University Press Marcis Auzinsh University of Latvia**Goals of the course**• Learn to analyze situations like this: • Survey of interesting topics in AMO (student presentations)**Approximate scope of the course**• Motivation and preliminaries • Atomic states • Atoms in external electric and magnetic fields • Polarized light • Atomic transitions • Coherence in atoms • Density matrix • “Maxwell-Bloch” equations • Examples**Preliminary IThe hierarchy of scales in the electron world**• To get into the groove and to introduce some notations, let us write the classical radius of the electron …and the fine-structure constant**Let’s see what happens if we divide reby powers of **Characteristic wavelength of atomic radiation Compton wavelength Bohr radius**Good books (are hard to find)**• Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy by A. Corney • Atomic Spectra and Radiative Transitions by I. I. Sobelman • Quantum Theory of Angular Momentum by D. A. Varshalovich, A. N. Moskalev, and V. K. Khersonskii • Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics by A. R. Edmonds • Angular Momentum by R. N. Zare • Polarization of Light by S. Huard • Optical Polarization of Molecules by M. Auzinsh and R. Ferber • Interference of Atomic States by E. B. Alexandrov, M. P. Chaika, and G. I. Khvostenko • The Quantum Theory of Light by R. Loudon • The Physics of Laser-Atom Interactions by D. Suter • Optical Pumping. Principles and Applications by W. Happer, Th. Walker, and K. Bonin – delayed by 9/11 • Atomic Physics by C. J. Foot • Light and Matter by Y. B. Band • Light-Mater Interaction by W. T. Hill, III and C. H. Li • Atomic Physics. An Exploration through Problems and Solutions by D. Budker, D. F. Kimball, and D. P. DeMille**Errata**http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~budker/papers/pdfs/Atomic_Physics_Errata.pdf