Course Syllabus for

Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy
Atom- och molekylspektroskopi

FAFN25F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2019
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2013-08-15

General Information

Division: Atomic Physics
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course codes: FAFN25, FAF080, FYST14
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge on the many powerful methods provided by modern atomic- and molecular spectroscopy regarding basic studies as well as practical applications.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to select a suitable spectroscopic method for a given measurement requirement

Course Contents

Review of atomic and molecular structure. Radiative and scattering processes including resonant radiation, Rayleigh, Raman and Mie scattering. Spectroscopy of inner electrons, X-rays, photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation. Optical spectroscopy including light sources, spectrally resolving instruments, detectors and techniques for optical analysis. Atomic beam and other resonance methods, such as optical, electron spin and nuclear magnetic resonance. Tuneable lasers, single mode operation, different laser types. Laser spectroscopy including time-resolved and high resolution laser spectroscopy. Laser spectroscopic applications, such as laser diagnostics in combustion, medical applications etc. Demonstrations: Synchrotron radiation, ultrafast spectroscopy, laser-radar, coherent Raman spectroscopy in combustion diagnostics, remote sensing applications, astro-physical applications.

Course Literature

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: basic quantum mechanics and atomic physics

Further Information

Replaces FAF080F.

Course Occasion Information

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