Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: F4, F4asf, F4es, F4f, F4mt, MFOT1, N5m. Course coordinator: Claes-Göran Wahlström,, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: FAFA10 Quantum Phenomena and Nanotechnology. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 8. Assessment: Written exam and laboratory excercises passed. Parts: 2. Home page:

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 student must

understand how spectroscopic methods in different energy ranges work

have knowledge on the most common components forming parts of spectroscopic set-ups for use in different energy ranges.

have a better understanding of quantum mechanics and its description of nature.

have obtained a consolidated view of atomic physics and quantum mechanics and their relation to classical physics.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

have an increased experience in working in groups of two or four persons towards a common goal.

have an increased competence for presenting in writing an accomplished project.

have shown to be able to independently do an assessment of technology and applicability of an new industrially relevant technique, by writing a report to a fictive industrial head of development.

should be able to search and acquire knowledge from English reference literature

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to appreciate the power of spectroscopic techniques in science and technology.

Review of atomic and molecular structure. Radiative and scattering processes. Spectroscopy of inner electrons. Optical spectroscopy. Resonance methods. Tuneable lasers. Laser spectroscopy. Laser spectroscopic applications. Demonstrations: Synchrotron radiation, NMR, ultrafast spectroscopy, laser-radar, coherent Raman spectroscopy in combustion diagnostics, astro-physical applications.

Four laboratory sessions:

Svanberg, S: Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy - Basic Aspects and Practical Applications, 4th ed., Springer Verlag, 2004.
Manual for laboratory work on spectroscopy.


Code: 0110. Name: Laboratory Practice.
Higher education credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written laboratory report after each laboratory exercise. Contents: Experimental work as laboratory exercises in small groups. Preparation before and reporting after each exercise is mandatory.

Code: 0210. Name: Written Examination.
Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.