David Guéry-Odelin

Professeur à l'université Paul Sabatier

Membre de l'Institut Universitaire de France
Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse 3
Laboratoire de Collisions - Agrégats - Réactivité
118 Route de Narbonne (Bat. 3R1 b4)
31062 Toulouse cedex 9, France
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Last update: 11/11/2011



Advances in atomic physics: an overview

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and David Guéry-Odelin

World Scientific

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the spectacular advances seen in atomic physics during the last 50 years. The authors explain how such progress was possible by highlighting connections between developments that occurred at different times. They discuss the new perspectives and the new research fields that look promising. The emphasis is placed, not on detailed calculations, but rather on physical ideas. Combining both theoretical and experimental considerations, the book will be of interest to a wide range of students, teachers and researchers in quantum and atomic physics.

    General Introduction
    General Background
Light: A Source of Information on Atoms:
    Optical Methods
    Linear Superpositions of Internal Atomic States
    Resonance Fluorescence
    Advances in High Resolution Spectroscopy
Atom-Photon Interactions: A Source of Perturbations for Atoms Which Can Be Useful:
    Perturbations Due to a Quasi Resonant Optical Excitation
    Perturbations Due to a High Frequency Excitation
Atom-Photon Interactions: A Simple System for Studying Higher Order Effects:
    Multiphoton Processes Between Discrete States
    Photoionization of Atoms in Intense Laser fields
Atom-Photon Interactions: A Tool for Controlling and Manipulating Atomic Motion:
    Radiative Forces Exerted on a Two-Level Atom at Rest
    Laser Cooling of Two-Level Atoms
    Sub-Doppler Cooling. Sub-Recoil Cooling
    Trapping of Particles
Ultracold Interactions and Their Control:
    Two-Body Interactions at Low Temperatures
    Controlling Atom-Atom Interactions
Exploring Quantum Interferences with Few Atoms and Photons:
    Interference of Atomic de Broglie Waves
    Ramsey Fringes Revisited and Atomic Interferometry
    Quantum Correlations. Entangled States
Degenerate Quantum Gases:
    Emergence of Quantum Effects in a Gas
    The Long Quest for Bose-Einstein Condensation
    Mean Field Description of a Bose-Einstein Condensate
    Coherence Properties of Bose-Einstein Condensates
    Elementary Excitations and Superfluidity in Bose-Einstein Condensates
Frontiers of Atomic Physics:
    Testing Fundamental Symmetries. Parity Violation in Atoms
    Quantum Gases as Simple Systems for Many-Body Physics
    Extreme Light
    General Conclusion

“Advances in Atomic Physics by Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and David Guéry-Odelin is destined to become a classic. This book describes the spectacular advances of recent decades that have transformed atomic physics into one of the most exciting fields in science. The single volume constitutes a guide, a handbook, a textbook, and an encyclopedia of atomic physics. Throughout, the voice of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji — whose own contributions were seminal to this transformation and whose lectures at the College de France are legendary — rings through with the elegance and transparency that rank him as among the great teachers of our time.”
Daniel Kleppner
Center for Ultracold Atoms, MIT
“This book describes the breathtaking advances of atomic physics during the last decades. The authors have played a major role in these developments and describe them with unique lucidity.”
Wolfgang Ketterle
Nobel Laureate, 2001
MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms
“I think that this book will be of high value for the scientific community involved in atomic physics and in general for students and researchers interested in the last applications of quantum physics, both from an experimental and theoretical perspective. It contains a detailed and comprehensive overview of the most challenging developments in this fascinating field of physics, including the most recent achievements in atomic interferometry, entanglement phenomena and ultracold quantum gases.”
Sandro Stringari
CNR-INO Center on Bose-Einstein Condensation
University of Trento, Italy
“For young students just beginning an education in atomic physics to experienced researchers like myself who have lived through many of the exciting and still ongoing developments recounted here, and for all those in between, this book presents an inviting feast. Bon appétit!”
William D Phillips
Nobel Laureate, 1997
University of Maryland
“It is a most-interesting collection of topics organized in a unique and interesting way.”
Steve Harris
Stanford University
“It is a great occasion that Claude Cohen-Tannoudji as a true master of the AMO field took the effort to summarize the experience of a lifetime in a comprehensive text. David Guéry-Odelin is the ideal sparring partner on such an enterprise … This impressive new book offers a unique overview over half a century of advances in atomic physics. It belongs on the desktops and in the iPads of every serious student of modern atomic physics.”
Jook Walraven
University of Amsterdam

Classical mechanics
Illustrated by modern physics
42 Problems with Solutions

D. Guéry-Odelin
Thierry Lahaye

Foreword by Jean Dalibard

Imperial college Press

In many fields of modern physics, classical mechanics plays a key role. However, the teaching of mechanics at the undergraduate level often confines the applications to old-fashioned devices such as combinations of springs and masses, pendulums, or rolling cylinders.

This book provides an illustration of classical mechanics in the form of problems (at undergraduate level) inspired — for the most part — by contemporary research in physics, and resulting from the teaching and research experience of the authors. A noticeable feature of this book is that it emphasizes the experimental aspects of a large majority of problems. All problems are accompanied by detailed solutions: the calculations are clarified and their physical significance commented on in-depth. Within the solutions, the basic concepts from undergraduate lectures in classical mechanics, necessary to solve the problems, are recalled when needed. The authors systematically mention recent bibliographical references (most of them freely accessible via the Internet) allowing the reader to deepen their understanding of the subject, and thus contributing to the building of a general culture in physics.

    Orders of Magnitude and Dimensional Analysis
    Motion in the Gravity Field
    Rotating Frames
    A Few Theorems of Mechanics
    Manipulation of Charged Particles
    “Cold” Atoms
    Celestial Mechanics
    Relativistic Mechanics
Readership: Undergraduate students interested in classical mechanics.
“The unique aspect of this challenging text lies in the inclusion of special topics such as friction, movement of charged particles, and manipulation of atoms by using lasers … The authors provide good suggestions for additional reading, citing many primary sources, and include a serviceable index.”

La mécanique classique appliquée à la physique contemporaine. 42 exercices et problèmes corrigés - Niveau L

D. Guéry-Odelin et Thierry Lahaye

Préface de Jean Dalibard

Editions Ellipses

Dans nombre de domaines de recherche, la mécanique classique joue, encore aujourd'hui, un rôle clé. Cependant, son enseignement traditionnel confine souvent les applications aux sempiternels ressorts, pendules, et autres manèges en rotation. Cet ouvrage propose d'illustrer la mécanique classique par des exemples issus de la recherche contemporaine en physique. Ces exercices sont issus de l'expérience d'enseignement (cours, travaux dirigés, « colles » en classes préparatoires, rédaction de sujets de concours) et de recherche des auteurs.
Trois types de lecteurs tireront le plus grand profit de cet ouvrage : les étudiants se préparant aux concours des Grandes Écoles d'ingénieurs et des Écoles Normales Supérieures, les étudiants en licence (niveau L1 à L3) pour vérifier leur assimilation du cours et, enfin, les candidats aux concours d'enseignement (CAPES, Agrégation) qui y trouveront matière à réviser les bases de la mécanique classique, y compris relativiste, et à faire le lien avec certains concepts de physique moderne (mécanique statistique, mécanique quantique).
Tous les exercices sont corrigés en grands détails : les calculs sont tous explicités et leur signification physique abondamment commentée. Les auteurs ont également mentionné des références bibliographiques pour approfondir certaines thématiques. Cet ouvrage contribuera indéniablement à élargir la culture générale en physique de ses lecteurs.