Quantum Optics Group (LMU) - Quantum Many Body Systems Division (MPQ)

Material, Literature


How to read and access scientific literature

Refereed (commercial) journals

A lot of the scientific literature is commercial, and protected from access. The university has a subscription to almost all important journals, so you still have access, but you need to authenticate. There are essentially two ways to do this:

  1. The comfortable way (only works from university network / WLAN, or via VPN): configure your browser proxy to the university library proxy: setup instructions
  2. The simple way: Login via the university library's "e-media-login", and use the database of journal there to find the access to the journal you need
Preprint servers

A lot of the more recent (around 10 year) papers are being submitted to so-called preprint servers before they are actually published (usually because publishing with a referee process takes a long time, up to a year after the paper is completed). These servers are open access. The one used for papers from our fields is called arXiv: www.arxiv.org

Here you will find the pre-print (and often also the final) version of almost all papers we will discuss.


Textbooks - cold atoms

  1. Pethick, Smith: Bose-Einstein Condensation in Dilute Gases, Cambridge University Press
  2. Pitaevskii, Stringari: Bose-Einstein Condensation, Oxford University Press
  3. Metcalf, van der Straten: Laser cooling, GTCP



  1. W. Ketterle, D.S. Durfee, D.M. Stamper-Kurn: Making, probing and understanding Bose-Einstein condensates, arXiv:cond-mat/9904034
  2. W. Ketterle, M. Zwierlein, Making, probing and understanding ultracold Fermi gases, arXiv:0801.2500
  3. A. Leggett, Bose-Einstein condensation in the alkali gases: Some fundamental concepts, Rev. Mod. Phys. 71, S318 (1999 ), Rev. Mod. Phys. 73, 307 (2001)

2nd quantization

  1. T. Giamarchi, A. Iucci, C. Berthod: Introduction to Many Body physics, Lecture notes, University of Geneva, 2008-2009 (online)