Fundamentals of Spectroscopy
Atomic and molecular spectroscopy and application of group theoretical concepts. Types of experiments and interpretation of data.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCHEM 462; or CHEM 468
 TaughtWinter even years
Course Outcomes: 

Outcome 1

Explain the electric and magnetic properties of radiation, molecules and bulk matter and solve problems related to these properties.

Outcome 2

Solve time-dependent quantum mechanical problems and apply these solutions to spectroscopy where light is the time-dependent perturbation.

Outcome 3

Explain angular momentum as possessed by atomic or molecular systems, various descriptions of how angular momentum can be coupled, and how conservation of angular momentum is important to spectroscopy.

Outcome 4

Apply solutions of the Schrödinger equation for simple systems (particle in a box, rigid rotor, harmonic oscillator, etc) to real systems (vibrational, rotational, and electronic energy states) for use in determining the energy of stationary states.

Outcome 5

Explain the origin of selection rules and derive electric and magnetic dipole, quadrupole, etc. selection rules for simple model quantum systems.

Outcome 6

Use symmetry arguments, including group theory and parity, to simplify the interpretation and explanation of atomic and molecular spectra.

Outcome 7

Use solutions to the model systems and the selection rules the predict spectra for atomic and molecular systems.

Outcome 8

Fit experimentally obtained spectra to the mathematical models to obtain physical constants.