Alexander Eichler: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Name PD Dr. Alexander Eichler
Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik
ETH Zürich, HPF F 2
Otto-Stern-Weg 1
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 22 61

402-0469-67LParametric Phenomena6 credits3GO. Zilberberg, A. Eichler
AbstractThere are numerous physical phenomena that rely on parametric driving to amplify, cool, squeeze or couple resonating systems. At the same time, parametric oscillation in itself remains an active field of research. In this course, we shall introduce parametric phenomena in different fields of physics, ranging from classical engineering ideas to the quantum realm.
ObjectiveIn this course, the students will grasp the ubiquitous nature of parametric phenomena and apply it to both classical and quantum systems. The students will understand both the theoretical foundations leading to the parametric drive as well as the experimental aspect related to the realizations of the effect. Each student will analyze an independent system using the tools acquired in the course and will present his/her insights to the class.
ContentThis course will provide a general framework for understanding and linking various phenomena, ranging from the child-on-a-swing problem to quantum limited amplifiers, to optical frequency combs, and to optomechanical sensors used in the LIGO experiment. The course will combine theoretical lectures and the study of important experiments through literature.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe students should be familiar with wave physics as well as second quantization.