Atom Trapping Course Information
We have developed two comprehensive laboratory courses dedicated to laser spectroscopy and trapping neutral atoms that is supported by a fully illustrated laboratory manual. The course is designed to be accessible for undergraduate students in physics, applied physics, biophysics and engineering physics as well as incoming graduate students. In the first semester, students are introduced to eleven experiments dedicated to topics such as laser spectroscopy, laser frequency stabilization, optical detectors, electro-optic and acousto-optic devices, optical fibers, RF and digital electronics, vacuum systems and data acquisition and analysis. In the second semester, students carry out atom trapping and preliminary investigations of the properties of laser cooled atoms based on the expertise acquired in the first semester. The data from all experiments is analyzed using a suitable software package for curve fitting and batch processing. For this reason, the manual provides a complete overview in the form of a data analysis tutorial.
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