141.231 Macroscopic Quantum Systems
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2016S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Aim of course

This lecture will give an introduction into the basic physics of degenerate quantum systems and Bose-Einstein condensation. It will link standard knowledge in atomic physics, quantum mechanics, and statistics to on-going research in the field of quantum and atom optics. The student will learn to read and understand recent publications and get an overview on the field.

Subject of course

Topics include: Thermodynamics of Bose and Fermi gases, atomic quantum gases; techniques to make and observe a BEC (Laser cooling, atom trapping, evaporative cooling) and degenerate Fermi gases, fundamentals of finite trapped degenerate quantum gases, non linear Schrödinger equation, fluctuations and correlations, 1d, 2d, 3d systems, excitations, solitons, vortices, superfuidity, ultra cold collisions, Feshbach resonances, molecular quantum gases, BEC-BCS cross over, strongly correlates systems, Bose Hubbard, Fermi Hubbard problems, fermionization of strongly interaction bosons in 1d, Tonks gas, Kosterlitz Thouless transition etc. 

Additional information

Final dates to be announced.



Course dates

Tue13:00 - 14:0001.03.2016FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH Vorbesprechung
14:00 - 18:0008.03.2016 - 09.03.2016Seminarraum AI 1st block of lectures
Tue14:00 - 18:0031.05.2016Atominstitut Bibliothek 141.231: Macroscopic Quantum Systems
Macroscopic Quantum Systems - Single appointments
Tue01.03.201613:00 - 14:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH Vorbesprechung
Tue08.03.201614:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AI 1st block of lectures
Wed09.03.201614:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AI 1st block of lectures
Tue31.05.201614:00 - 18:00Atominstitut Bibliothek 141.231: Macroscopic Quantum Systems

Examination modalities

Seminar + Term paper.

The main aim of the lecture is to enable the students to understand on-going research and to read and understand recent articles. This will be demonstrated in short seminar talks (15 min) and a final term paper, summarizing a recent publication (max 3 pages).

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 461 Technical Physics


•Bose-Einstein Condensation in Dilute Gases,
C. J. Pethick, H. Smith
•Laser Cooling and Trapping,
H. Metcalf and P. Van der Straten
•Quantum Optics,
M. Scully and M. Zubairy
•Theory of Bose-Einstein condensation in trapped gases,
F. Dalfovo et.al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 71, 463–512 (1999)
•Making, probing and understanding Bose-Einstein condensates,
W. Ketterle et.al, Cond-mat/9904033
•Articles and transparencies will be posted on TISS