MITx offers online course on Atomic and Optical Physics I - Part 5

MITx (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will be conducting an online course on Atomic and Optical Physics I - Part 5: Coherence. The fifth part of a course focuses on modern atomic and optical physics: the physics of atomic coherence.

About the course:

This is the last of five modules to introduce concepts and current frontiers of atomic physics and to prepare you for cutting-edge research:

  • 8.421.1x: Resonance
  • 8.421.2x: Atomic structure and atoms in external field
  • 8.421.3x: Atom-Light Interactions 1 -- Matrix elements and quantized field
  • 8.421.4x: Atom-Light interactions 2 -- Line broadening and two-photon transitions
  • 8.421.5x: Coherence

This fifth module, 8.421.5x, looks at a central theme of atomic physics - coherence. This includes coherence of single atoms for two-level systems and three-level systems, and coherence between atoms.


At MIT, the content of the five modules makes the first of a two-semester sequence (8.421 and 8.422) for graduate students interested in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. This sequence is required for Ph.D. students doing research in this field.

MITx offers course on Atomic and Optical Physics

Course Syllabus:

The physics of atomic coherence, including:

  • Three-level atomic systems
  • Electromagnetically induced transparency
  • Slow light
  • Superradiance


A two-semester sequence in Quantum Mechanics at the level of MIT 8.05 and 8.06.

Completion of 8.421.1x, 8.421.2x, 8.421.3x, 8.421.4x​.

Course Details:

  • Course Starts on: January 15
  • Course Length: 4 weeks
For more details on the course visit the website

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