
The recommended (not required) supplementary textbook is G. K. Woodgate, Elementary atomic structure, Oxford Several alternative texts are available on course reserves. Syllabus (subject to change) (updated 2017.11.16)
Grading: HW 50%, midterm 17%, final project 33% Homework Homework is an important part of the course and accounts for 50% of your grade. Working problems is an integral part of learning physics, and will also give you practice in applying mathematical methods. You are encouraged to use the math resources provided in the notes and links below. Homework will typically be given out on a tuesday and due the following tuesday. You are welcome to work together on homework, however you must turn in your own solutions  not a Xerox copy of someone else's. Late homework will not be accepted unless prior approval has been given. Assignments and solutions will be provided by email. Atomic notes: atomic notes (updated 2017.11.16) 9.12: added some material to chapter 1 9.14: added material to sec. 1.8.1, minor changes to Ch. 2 9.19: minor updates to Ch. 1,2 9.21: corrected typos 9.21: Ch. 2  minor edits of hyperfine interaction presentation 9.28: Ch. 4  edits to Zeeman interaction 10.03: Ch. 14 added section on atomic clocks 10.12: Ch. 5  minor edits 10.15: Ch. 5  added material on microscopic refractive index, FRG material moved to Ch. 6 10.26: Ch. 6  minor edits 10.30: Ch. 6  fixed minus sign in M1 decay rate. Some rewording for clarity. 11.09: Ch. 3  partial version 11.14: Ch. 3  He atom 11.16: Ch.3 material on configurations and terms added
Notes on various topics: _______________________ Physical constants (updated 2013.09.03) if you want all the details here are the CODATA 2010 recommended values and NIST's 2014 updates. Conversion between Gaussian and SI units (v1.2, 2009.01.20) Quantum mechanics primer (updated 2016.09.27) Time independent perturbation theory Time dependent perturbation theory Mathematical formulae (updated 2017.09.28) Special relativity notes (version 1.2, updated 2008.02.17) A good introduction to special relativity that is much more detailed than my notes can be found here. Tutorial on Fourier transforms Note that this tutorial uses a different convention than us. The prefactor in onedimension is 1/(2pi) for the inverse transform (k>x) and just 1 for the forward transform (x>k). We are using a symmetric form where the prefactor is 1/sqrt(2 pi) in each direction. Some interesting papers related to the course: Einstein: Einstein photoelectric effect (1905) Einstein special relativity (1905) Einstein radiation theory (1917) Einstein and quantum theory (review 1979) H matrix elements:
H Fine structure, hyperfine structure, and Lamb shift: Lamb original measurement (1947) Series of six papers by Lamb, et al. giving more experimental and theoretical details (19501953) Welton's Lamb shift calculation (1948) Cs microwave clock:
Absorption in atomic vapors: Rb D lines, Hughes, Adams (2008) Rb saturated absorption spectroscopy, Freegarde (2010) Purcell effect: Haroche observation of enhanced decay (1983) Kleppner theory of inhibited decay (1981) Kleppner observation of inhibited decay (1985) Rabi: Magnetic resonance note (1938) Molecular beam magnetic resonance method (1939) Laser cooling: Adams laser cooling review (1997) Letokhov laser cooling and trapping review (2000) Metcalf laser cooling review (2003) subDoppler cooling of Na (1988)
Atomic parity nonconservation: Bouchiat derivation of relevant weak interaction (1974) Bouchiat review of parity nonconservation (1997) JILA experiment  all the details (1999) Links to useful information: NIST Atomic Spectroscopy reference Digital library of mathematical functions Abramowitz & Stegun Handbook of Mathematical Functions Matrix solver for linear equations on the web 
