General learning outcomes
Specific 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.
- Quantum Optics
- After the course, you understand the basics of light-matter 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 two-level 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 non-demolition experiments and can give examples of how they can be experimentally realized
- Bose-Einstein Condensation
- After the course, you know what Bose-Einstein 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 phase-contrast imaging of cold atoms
- Quark-Gluon 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 ground-breaking 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 top-quark and the Higgs boson) and the realization of Bose-Einstein condensation.
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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.
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.