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

Journal Club

Accompanying the lectures and problems we will work on original literature in the field that has been published in scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters, etc. This will allow you to become acquainted not only with the original work, but also should help you in writing your own articles in the future. The papers will be announced via the problem set of the corresponding week.

We expect you to read the papers before the corresponding due date, so that you can contribute to the discussion of the work and the physics, and can answer questions. Of course you are not required to understand every detail or read all the references for the Journal Club. You should look into the references if you otherwise lack an important concept.

 

Papers

  1. Journal Club (15.11.2018): S. Chu et al: Phys. Rev. Lett., 55, 48 (1985): "Three-dimensional viscous confinement and cooling of atoms by resonance radiation pressure". Pay particular attention to:
    • What is the sequence of events happening during a single "cycle" of the experiment? There are two different variants used.
    • How does the detection mechanism work, what is the observable?
    • How are the authors deriving the relevant physical quantities from the observables?

 

How to access original literature (paper), for example for the Journal Club:

For the journal club the most relevant journals will be Physical Review Letters (PRL), Physical Review A (PRA), Reviews of Modern Physics (Rev. Mod. Phys), Nature and Science.

  For the most convenient direct access to journals from within the university network, you need to set the proxy server of your browser to the university library or to the physics institute's server. Here you can read how to do it. This is also required sometimes for the CIP computers, as apparently not all new LMU accounts are pre-configured accordingly.

  To access papers from outside the university, you either need to use VPN into the university network, or alternatively use the new web interface (this is the equivalent of the old "Easyproxy" system, which is still mentioned on some old university web pages).

  You can test these methods by trying to download the PDF file of the following paper (which is not free for download):