Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

  • Comment le jeune enfant qui vivait à Constantine et à Alger dans les années 1930, dans une famille confrontée à une situation particulièrement difficile, a-t-il pu surmonter toutes ces épreuves et parvenir, soixante ans plus tard, à obtenir le prix Nobel de physique ? Comment la meilleure compréhension des interactions quantiques entre matière et lumière a permis d'inventer de nouvelles méthodes pour agir sur les atomes, les polariser, les refroidir à des températures très basses et les piéger dans de toutes petites régions de l'espace ? Un long chemin partant du pompage optique dans les années 1950 et aboutissant à l'obtention de nouveaux états de la matière comme les gaz quantiques au début des années 2000. Un témoignage émouvant. Un hymne au métier de chercheur et d'enseignant. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji est physicien. Ancien élève d'Alfred Kastler et de Jean Brossel à l'École normale supérieure, il est professeur émérite au Collège de France et membre de l'Académie des sciences. Il a obtenu le prix Nobel de physique en 1997. 

  • Lorsque les physiciens commencèrent à explorer de manière plus précise le monde de l´atome pour essayer de comprendre sa structure et les lois qui régissent son comportement, ils se heurtèrent vite à de graves difficultés. Nos concepts intuitifs, basés sur notre expérience quotidienne du monde macroscopique qui nous entoure, se révélèrent totalement erronés à l´échelle atomique ; l´atome était incompréhensible dans le cadre de la physique classique. Pour percer ces nouveaux mystères, il fallut donc, après de longs tâtonnements, élaborer des concepts entièrement nouveaux, les concepts de la mécanique quantique. Quelles sont les principales étapes qui nous ont conduits à cette vision moderne de l´atome ? Où en est actuellement la physique atomique ? Quelle est sa contribution au développement de nos connaissances et vers quoi s´oriente-t-elle ?

  • When physicists began to explore the world of atoms more precisely, as they endeavoured to understand its structure and the laws governing its behaviour, they soon encountered serious difficulties. Our intuitive concepts, based on our daily experience of the macroscopic world around us, proved to be completely erroneous on the atomic scale; the atom was incomprehensible within the framework of classical physics. In order to uncover these new mysteries, after a great deal of trial and error, entirely new concepts therefore had to be elaborated: the concepts of quantum physics. What are the main stages that have led us to this modern understanding of the atom? What is the present state of atomic physics? How has it contributed to the development of our knowledge and where is it heading?

  • This new, third volume of Cohen-Tannoudji's groundbreaking textbook covers advanced topics of quantum mechanics such as uncorrelated and correlated identical particles, the quantum theory of the electromagnetic field, absorption, emission and scattering of photons by atoms, and quantum entanglement. Written in a didactically unrivalled manner, the textbook explains the fundamental concepts in seven chapters which are elaborated in accompanying complements that provide more detailed discussions, examples and applications.
    * Completing the success story: the third and final volume of the quantum mechanics textbook written by 1997 Nobel laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and his colleagues Bernard Diu and Franck Laloë
    * As easily comprehensible as possible: all steps of the physical background and its mathematical representation are spelled out explicitly
    * Comprehensive: in addition to the fundamentals themselves, the books comes with a wealth of elaborately explained examples and applications
    Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was a researcher at the Kastler-Brossel laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris where he also studied and received his PhD in 1962. In 1973 he became Professor of atomic and molecular physics at the Collège des France. His main research interests were optical pumping, quantum optics and atom-photon interactions. In 1997, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, together with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms.
    Bernard Diu was Professor at the Denis Diderot University (Paris VII). He was engaged in research at the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and High Energy where his focus was on strong interactions physics and statistical mechanics.
    Franck Laloë was a researcher at the Kastler-Brossel laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His first assignment was with the University of Paris VI before he was appointed to the CNRS, the French National Research Center. His research was focused on optical pumping, statistical mechanics of quantum gases, musical acoustics and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

  • This new edition of the unrivalled textbook introduces the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics such as waves, particles and probability before explaining the postulates of quantum mechanics in detail. In the proven didactic manner, the textbook then covers the classical scope of introductory quantum mechanics, namely simple two-level systems, the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, the quantized angular momentum and particles in a central potential. The entire book has been revised to take into account new developments in quantum mechanics curricula.
    The textbook retains its typical style also in the new edition: it explains the fundamental concepts in chapters which are elaborated in accompanying complements that provide more detailed discussions, examples and applications.
    * The quantum mechanics classic in a new edition: written by 1997 Nobel laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and his colleagues Bernard Diu and Franck Laloë
    * As easily comprehensible as possible: all steps of the physical background and its mathematical representation are spelled out explicitly
    * Comprehensive: in addition to the fundamentals themselves, the book contains more than 350 worked examples plus exercises
    Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was a researcher at the Kastler-Brossel laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris where he also studied and received his PhD in 1962. In 1973 he became Professor of atomic and molecular physics at the Collège des France. His main research interests were optical pumping, quantum optics and atom-photon interactions. In 1997, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, together with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms.
    Bernard Diu was Professor at the Denis Diderot University (Paris VII). He was engaged in research at the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and High Energy where his focus was on strong interactions physics and statistical mechanics.
    Franck Laloë was a researcher at the Kastler-Brossel laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His first assignment was with the University of Paris VI before he was appointed to the CNRS, the French National Research Center. His research was focused on optical pumping, statistical mechanics of quantum gases, musical acoustics and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

  • This new edition of the unrivalled textbook introduces concepts such as the quantum theory of scattering by a potential, special and general cases of adding angular momenta, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, and systems of identical particles. The entire book has been revised to take into account new developments in quantum mechanics curricula.
    The textbook retains its typical style also in the new edition: it explains the fundamental concepts in chapters which are elaborated in accompanying complements that provide more detailed discussions, examples and applications.
    * The quantum mechanics classic in a new edition: written by 1997 Nobel laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and his colleagues Bernard Diu and Franck Laloë
    * As easily comprehensible as possible: all steps of the physical background and its mathematical representation are spelled out explicitly
    * Comprehensive: in addition to the fundamentals themselves, the book contains more than 170 worked examples plus exercises
    Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was a researcher at the Kastler-Brossel laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris where he also studied and received his PhD in 1962. In 1973 he became Professor of atomic and molecular physics at the Collège des France. His main research interests were optical pumping, quantum optics and atom-photon interactions. In 1997, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, together with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms.
    Bernard Diu was Professor at the Denis Diderot University (Paris VII). He was engaged in research at the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and High Energy where his focus was on strong interactions physics and statistical mechanics.
    Franck Laloë was a researcher at the Kastler-Brossel laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His first assignment was with the University of Paris VI before he was appointed to the CNRS, the French National Research Center. His research was focused on optical pumping, statistical mechanics of quantum gases, musical acoustics and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

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