Course syllabus

Atom- och molekylspektroskopi
Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy

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

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: BME5-bf, 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

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

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


Overview of atomic and molecular structure. Radiative and scattering processes including resonant, 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: 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 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 or FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications or (FAFA50 Waves, Optics and Atomic Physics and FAFF36 Physics for Biomedicine).
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Stefan Kröll,
Teacher: Joakim Bood,
Teacher: Lars Rippe,
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