Course syllabus

Atom- och molekylspektroskopi
Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy

FAF080, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2013-04-10

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: F4, F4-f, F4-mt, F4-es, N5-m
Language of instruction: The course will be given in 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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

have acquired the ability to judge which spectroscopic technique that would be suitable for a given task

have the ability to carry out order of magnitude estimates for different physical phenomena and processes

be able to carry out practical work using optical components and lasers

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 including  Rayleigh-, Raman- och Mie-scattering. Spectroscopy of inner electrons: X-ray- and photo electron spectroscopy (ESCA), synchrotron radiation. Optical spectroscopy. light sources, spectrally resoving instruments, detectors, methods for optical analysis. Resonance methods: atomic beam resonance, optical resonance spectroscopy, electron- och nuclear spin resonance. Tuneable lasers: laser types, single mode generation, laser related equipment. Laser spectroscopy: time resolved spectroscopy and high resolution Doppler-free techniques. Laser spectroscopic applications: Remote sensing techniques, combustion diagnostics, medical applications. Demonstrations: Synchrotron radiation, ultrafast spectroscopy, laser-based environmental measurement techniques, combustion diagnostics, astro-physical applications.

Three laboratory sessions: 

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam, project assignments and laboratory excercises passed.

Code: 0110. Name: Laboratory Practice.
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.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.


Required prior knowledge: FAFA10 Quantum Phenomena and Nanotechnology.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Stefan Kröll,
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