BIG ISSUES IN ATOMIC PHYSICS;
Variation of the fundamental constants of nature
Masters N, AMEP-track, Feb-Mar 2015; lectures on Friday 9:00-11:00 in Science Park (UvA) hall B02-023
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Notes en Literature references Lectures and Discussion Sessions
1) 6 Feb. 2015;
Introduction to Varying Constants; W. Ubachs
2) 13 Feb. 2015;
The values of the fundamental constants, fine-tuning and the anthropic principle. Student contributions:
The Hoyle resonance, see:
Paper on Hoyle resonance; student Tom Veeken
Lecture Recap on Atomic Physics and alpha-variation;
Notes Atomic Physics
3) 20 Feb. 2015;
Some highly charged ions are a very sensitive probe for a varying alpha in a laboratory experiment Paper by Berengut et al.; student Namrata Duta
Lecture on trapping and laser cooling of a HCI with experimental techniques; Oscar Versolato.
4) 27 Feb. 2015;
The famous paper by Carr and Rees on the Anthropic Principle, see:
Carr and Rees; student Samuel Gibbs
Against the Anthropic principle based on arguments from the papers of Lee Smolin; student Ruirt Bosma.
5) 6 Mar. 2015;
a) Astronomical observations of varying alpha
b) The spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules;
Notes on Diatomic Molecules; W. Ubachs
The weak and strong equivalence principle; student contribution Benjamin Daiber
6) 13 Mar. 2015;
Follow up on Diatomic molecules.
Spatial variations of alpha ? See:
Paper on spatial variations; student contribution Rinse Liefferink
7) 20 Mar. 2015;
Molecules; from hydrogen to ammonia, to methanol
Quarks to BioMatter; 2nd year Physics N, Fall 2014; starting 2 Sept 2014
A broad and introductory coarse in physics about the structure of matter, teaching Quanta, Atoms, Molecules, Nuclei, Particles and Relativity, up to Living Matter.
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Lectures, Schedules and Information
Advanced Experimental Methods
Masters, Chemistry & Physics UvA-VU, May-June 2013
Several lecturers will teach different topics. Ubachs will deal with three topics:
1) Extension of the wavelength range of tunable lasers with nonlinear crystals.
For this we will use the following
We will during the course use the SNLO program for calculating phase-matching properties of crystals.
install it and make sure it works.
Bring a laptop during class !
2) Wavelength and frequency calibration in spectroscopic experiments. Handouts.
3) Detection of species with lasers.
Structure of matter; Atomic Physics; 3e jaars MNW, Jan. 2010
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