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260064 SE Levitation in quantum physics and sensing applications (2016S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English



DO 13.00-16.00 Ort: Victor-Franz-Hess-Hörsaal, Währinger Straße 17, Hoftrakt, 1. Stk., 1090 Wien

14:30 am 10. März 2016: Vorbesprechung/Themenvergabe
19. Mai 2016: 1. Block
09. Juni 2016: 2. Block
16. Juni 2016: 3. Block
23. Juni 2016: 4. Block
evtl. 30. Juni 2016: 5. Block


Aims, contents and method of the course

We will cover basic principles and applications of levitation in
physics with optical, electrical and magnetic fields. This will include
-Optical control of atoms and dielectric particles and its application in
quantum optics and optomechanics
-Electrical trapping of ions and its application in quantum information as
well as trapping of macroscopic objects
-Magnetic levitation of atoms, diamagnetic objects and superconductors and
its application in quantum physics and engineering

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar talk and writing of a manuscript summarizing the presented main results

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

According to the nature of the subject

Reading list

Overview of optical trapping:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation of Neutral Particles using Lasers - A
Reprint Volume with Commentaries, Arthur Ashkin, World Scientific
Publishing (2006).
Overview of electrical trapping:
Electromagnetic traps for charged and neutral particles, W. Paul, Review
of Modern Physics 62, 531 (1990).
Overview of magnetic levitation:
Diamagnetic levitation: Flying frogs and floating magnets, M. D. Simon, A.
K. Geim, Journal of Applied Physics 87, 6200 (2000).
Rigid levitation and suspension of high-temperature superconductors by
magnets, E. H. Brandt, American Journal of Physics 58, 43 (1990)
Relevant and additional literature will be given in the seminar (Vorbesprechung)

Association in the course directory

MF 6, MaG 27

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