Postgraduate course

Atomic Physics and Physical Optics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePHYS261
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

  • The course combines basic concepts of atomic and molecular physics with basic concepts of physical optics. The phenomena of atomic a molecular physics are mainly treated by methods of quantum theory while the physical optics phenomena are based on applications of Maxwell equations. In the atomic physics are included atomic systems and their optical spectra and atomic and molecular phenomena, including understanding of the physical basis of the periodic system. Special stress is placed on understanding of the interaction of light and atomic systems, especially the spontaneous optical transitions. Further in the optical part are studied the properties of light and optical phenomena. These are the wave aspects of light propagation, polarization of light, reflection and diffraction, including basic non-linear optics and physics of lasers.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the PHYS261 the student will

- have knowledge of physics of atoms from one to many electrons
- have knowledge of theoretical framework for the study of atoms and molecules.
- have thorough knowledge of light emission by atomic systems
- have thorough knowledge of Maxwell equations as applied in optics
- be able to work with reflection and transmission of polarized light
- have thorough knowledge of polarized light and its preparation
- be able to apply the methods for description of light diffraction

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS 112, PHYS 113, PHYS 115

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline