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Cold Atoms and Molecules

Masatoshi Kajita


This book introduces the preparation, measurement and properties of ultra-cold atoms and molecules at a level accessible to advanced undergraduate students or for researchers approaching the subject from different specialities. Including a review of cooling techniques, the book focuses on the behaviour and applications of both ultra-cold atoms and molecules, and how they are shaping research in atomic physics, quantum optics, condensed matter physics, statistical mechanics, quantum information processing, quantum simulators and finding applications in ultra-high-precision atomic clocks and quantum metrology. Readers of this text should develop an understanding of the techniques used to cool, trap, manipulate and perform measurements on ultra-cold atoms and molecules, as well as how such systems are in being used in a range of exciting areas of modern physics.

Key Features
  • Provides an accessible overview for advanced undergraduate students or for researchers approaching the subject from different specialities.
  • Extensive coverage encompassing preparation, properties and applications
  • Includes references to key papers 
  • Mathematical appendices

About Editors

Masatoshi Kajita was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Tokyo in 1981 and obtained his PhD from the same institution in 1986. After working at the Institute for Molecular Science, he joined Communications Research Laboratory (CRL) in 1989. In 2004, the CRL was renamed the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). In 2009, he was guest professor at the Provence Université, Marseille, France.

Table of Contents



About the Author

1 Properties of gaseous atoms and molecules

2 Role of laser light to search the structure of atoms and molecules

3 Physics of cold atoms

4 Physics of cold molecules

5 Applications of Cold Atoms and Molecules

6 Conclusion

A1 Boltzmann energy distribution

A2 Angular momentum

A3 Energy state of hydrogen atoms

A4 Harmonic potential

A5 Stark and Zeman energy shift

A6 Mystery of the gravitational interaction of the antimatter with matter

A7 Collision by the electric dipole-dipole interaction


Hardback ISBN: 9780750334136

Ebook ISBN: 9780750334150

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3415-0

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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