
General learning outcomes
 After the course, you can discuss the experimental techniques used in various fields of experimental quantum physics and understand the theory behind those techniques.
 After the course, you can discuss various types of detectors and know in which situations they are typically applied. You understand the microscopic physics that the detector is based on.
 After the course, you understand and can apply the data analysis techniques used in groundbreaking experiments in various fields of experimental quantum physics.
Specific learning outcomes
 Quantum Optics
 After the course, you understand the basics of lightmatter interaction in a cavity. You know the concept of strong coupling and understand the experimental requirements to bring the system into the strong coupling regime.
 After the course, you know and understand the concept of a Rabi coupling in a twolevel system and can explain important experimental tools, like the Ramsey sequence.
 After the course, you know the properties of Rydberg atoms and you can discuss how to prepare them experimentally.
 After the course, you understand quantum nondemolition experiments and can give examples of how they can be experimentally realized
 BoseEinstein Condensation
 After the course, you know what BoseEinstein condensation is and you understand the experimental requirements to achieve it.
 After the course, you understand laser cooling and trapping and magnetic trapping
 After the course, you understand evaporative cooling
 After the course, you understand absorption and phasecontrast imaging of cold atoms
 QuarkGluon Plasma
 After the course, you understand the basic properties of the strong interaction, in particular confinement.
 After the course, you understand the idea of the QCD phase transition and how it can be achieved in nuclear collisions.
 After the course, you know the fundamentals of elliptic flow measurements.
 After the course, you know examples of approaches to challenging direct photon measurements.
 Dark matter searches
 After the course, you know the reason for the dark matter hypothesis.
 After the course, you can list the particle physics and astrophysical ingredients to the dark matter equation. You can derive the dark matter particle flux on earth.
 After the course, you can name, explain and understand scintillation, ionization and bolometric detectors used in dark matter searches.
 After the course, you can list major backgrounds that complicated dark matter experiments and can explain why they are a problem.



Physics is an empirical science and progress in physics has been attained through groundbreaking experiments. In this course, Nobel prize winning research will be presented from the fields of condensed matter physics, quantum optics and particle physics with an emphasis on the experimental techniques used in those experiments. The course will discuss how experiments are designed, what techniques are used to detect light and (elementary) particles, and how data obtained in these experiments is analyzed. The material will be illustrated by discussing various topics, like the discovery of elementary particles (for instance, the topquark and the Higgs boson) and the realization of BoseEinstein condensation.



 IngangseisenJe moet een geldige toelatingsbeschikking hebben 

  Verplicht materiaalSoftwarePython (software alleen in CLZ) 

 WerkvormenComputerpracticum AlgemeenInstructional mode: (number and time of lectures, tutorials, practicals per week) The course is a full semester long and has 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of exercise class per week.
 Hoorcollege

 ToetsenEindresultaatWeging   100 
Minimum cijfer    
BeoordelingAttendance to lectures and exercise classes is expected from all students. There will be two written exams, one half way through the course, the other at the end. These exams will cover the material treated in the corresponding half of the lecture, i.e. it will treat two topics per exam. The grades for each of these parts count for 15% of the final grade, fora total of 60%. The participation in the symposium at the end of the course will count for 40% of the final grade.


 