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Atomic Physics

Atomic Physics is a cornerstone of Modern Physics since the early 1900s and a field of a continuing rapid development stretching from the theoretical aspects to the technological implications. You will gain insights in modern Atomic Physics using theoretical, computational and experimental tools.

In this course, you will acquire a deeper knowledge of modern atomic physics. A central theme is the level structure of atoms including hyperfine structure. This is treated theoretically in a quantum mechanical description, numerically in a computer exercise using the Dirac-Fock approach, by analysis of spectroscopic data and experimentally by laser saturation spectroscopy. Another part of the course gives an introduction to the theory of atom-atom collisions, as well as collisions between atoms and other particles. Furthermore, the course covers the interaction between atoms and light. This includes a deepened understanding of selection rules, the optical Bloch equations, absorption of light, cooling and trapping of atoms. Finally, the course includes a survey over selected parts of contemporary research in atomic physics. This course is given in English.

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle course given at half speed during daytime. This course can also be taken as a third cycle course.

    Teaching format

    The teaching and learning activities are lectures, home exercises, and laboratory work.


    The examination consists of a written exam, hand in exercises and reports on laboratory work.


    Svante Jonsell

    Phone number: +468 5537 8625


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    C.J. Foot, "Atomic Physics", Oxford University Press (2005), ISBN 0198506961

    Also relevant:

    • Haaken-Wolf: 'The Physics of Atoms and Quanta', Springer-Verlag, New York; 2001, ISBN 0-387-57874-9
    • B.H. Bransden&C.J. Joachain: 'Physics of Atoms and Molecules', Prentice Hall, Edinburgh; 2003, ISBN 0582 35692
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Svante Jonsell

    Phone number: +468 5537 8625


    Course assistants:

    Raka Paul, e-mail:

    Johan Sörngård, e-mail:

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: