Quantized Matter Waves

  • Course Type: Graduate Course
  • Semester Offered: Fall
Course Number: 
OPTI 550
Distance Course: 
Course Description: 
This course will introduce students to the mathematical formalism of quantum field theory as it is applied in the area of atom optics, mainly ultracold atomic gases. More specifically the class will present a framework for the various approaches (eg. macroscopic wave functions versus second quantization) to quantum many-particle systems and their properties, the goal being to deepen the student’s theoretical appreciation and working knowledge of the variety of theoretical techniques that underpin the area. The broad range of experimental and theoretical concepts underlying atom optics are covered in the companion class OPTI 549 Atom Optics. Although it is anticipated that most students will take both OPTI 549 and 550 they are designed so that they may be taken in either order or in isolation.
OPTI 570 or equivalent
Ewan M. Wright
Course Syllabus: 
Academic Integrity

According to the Arizona Code of Academic Integrity, “Integrity is expected of every student in all academic work. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student’s submitted work must be the student’s own.” Unless otherwise noted by the instructor, work for all assignments in this course must be conducted independently by each student. Co-authored work of any kind is unacceptable. Misappropriation of exams before or after they are given will be considered academics misconduct.

Misconduct of any kind will be prosecuted and may result in any or all of the following:

  • Reduction of grade
  • Failing grade
  • Referral to the Dean of Students for consideration of additional penalty, i.e., notation on a student’s transcript re: academic integrity violation, etc.
Students with Learning Disabilities

If a student is registered with the Disability Resource Center, he/she must submit appropriate documentation to the instructor if he/she is requesting reasonable accommodations.

The information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.