Atom Interferometry

Winter Semester 2019/2020

Lecture: E. Giese

Tutorials: A. Friedrich


  Friday, 10:15-13:00 N24/251

 The lectures start on Wednesday, October 16th. There will be lectures on Wednesday (O27/121) and Friday in the first week.


  Wednesday, 08:15-10:00 O27/121

Exercise sheets: Moodle

Note: The first exercise sheet is due on October 23rd, 2019.


In order to qualify for the exam you need to

  • (a) achieve 50% of the points in the exercise sheets.

  • (b) present your solutions to the exercises on the blackboard.

Overall there will be around 15 exercise sheets with approx. 7-10 points each. The exam date and formalities will be disclosed in the lecture.

Lecture topics & content

  • Matter-wave propagation in external fields

  • Matter-wave diffraction, optical lattices, and large-momentum transfer techniques

  • Neutron interferometry

  • Non-classical atomic sources

  • Gravimetry, gradiometry, and rotation sensing

  • Interferometry in traps and guiding potentials

  • Tests of fundamental physics and relativistic effects

Literature & references

Atom interferometry

  • G. M. Tino and M .A. Kasevich (eds) "Atom Interferometry" (IOS Press, 2014)

  • E. Arimondo, W. Ertmer, W. P. Schleich, E. M. Rasel (eds) "Atom Optics and Space Physics" (IOS Press, 2009)

  • Paul R. Berman - Atom Interferometry (Academic Press, 1997)

  • V. F. Sears, "Neutron Optics " (Oxford University Press, 1989)

  • H. Rauch and S. A. Werner, "Neutron Interferometry: Lessons in Experimental Quantum Mechanics, Wave-particle Duality, and Entanglement" (Oxford University Press, 2015)

  • M. Utsuro and V. K. Ignatovich, "Handbook of Neutron Optics" (Wiley-VCH, 2010)

  • M. Suda, "Quantum Interferometry in Phase Space: Theory and Applications" (Springer, 2006)

General literature

Quantum and classical optics

  • Daniel A. Steck - Classical and Modern Optics (University of Oregon, 2015)

  • Daniel A. Steck - Quantum and Atom Optics (University of Oregon, 2015)

  • Grynberg, Aspect, Fabre - Introduction to Quantum Optics (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

  • Wolfgang P. Schleich - Quantum Optics in Phase Space (Wiley-VCH, 2001)

Quantum Mechanics

  • Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Bernard Diu, Frank Laloe - Quantum Mechanics, Vol. I and II (Wiley, 1977)

  • Richard P. Feynman, Albert R. Hibbs - Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals (Dover Books on Physics, 2010)