Optional course in the master program
Chemistry and Molecular Science master program is responsible for the course
The course is available to students from other degree programmes
- KEK201 Molecular structure and spectroscopy
- KEM367 Mathematical and numerical methods in computational chemistry
- KEM341 Quantum chemistry
Kem365 Laser spectroscopy
By completing the course, students will master the following:
i) Basics of quantum mechanics needed to understand spectroscopic observations.
ii) The fundamentals of interaction of light and matter.
iii) Ideas behind experimental methods and spectrometers/equipment.
iv) Different forms of rotational spectroscopy which are used to obtain very precise information of molecular structures.
v) Vibrational spectra are interpreted using two somewhat different ideas: global and local nuclear motions to identify molecular species.
vi) Electronic spectroscopy is used to follow chemical reactions.
vii) Laser experiments revolutionize molecular spectroscopy by producing huge sensitivity.
First or second year of the master program
II or III period every second year, starting 2017-18 in period III
Recapitulate basics of quantum mechanics. Absorption and emission. Spectral line characteristics. Experimental methods. Rotational infrared, millimetre wave, microwave and Raman spectroscopy: Selection rules and intensities, nuclear spin effects and determination of molecular structures. Vibrational infrared and Raman spectra: Concepts of normal and local modes, interpretation of spectra and potential energy surfaces. Electronic spectroscopy: Simple molecular orbital theories, diatomic and polyatomic molecules with selection rules and intensities including the Frank-Condon principle. Examples of sensitive laser spectroscopy experiments.
J. M. Hollas, Modern Spectroscopy, fourth edition, Wiley
Ex tempore problem solving classes and homework.
Two exams and additional points for individual activities in problem solving classes, and laboratory experiments. The standard scale 0-5.
Lectures, problem solving classes and possibly a spectroscopic laboratory experiment
No attendance requirement
Two written exams