New Book Describes Cold Atoms

Pierre Meystre announces that his new book "Atom Optics" has just been published at Springer Verlag (with perfect timing with the Nobel announcement). To Meystre's knowledge, this is the first book on this subject. Springer's description of the book follows:

"One of the most profound revolutions brought about by quantum mechanics is that it does away with the distinction between waves and particles: atoms, in particular, can exhibit all the properties that we associate with wave phenomena, such as diffraction and interference; it has recently even become possible to prepare collections of atoms in coherent states, like those of photons in a laser beam. These developments are at the core of the rapidly expanding field of atom optics."

More information can be found on the Springer site. The book will also have a web-component, which can currently be seen as a beta-version at