FKE3150 Molecular Response Theory and Spectroscopy 5.0 credits

Molekylär responsteori och spektroskopi

This course encompasses three components: (i) preparatory studies, (ii) an intense international PhD school somewhere in Europe or the USA, and (iii) independent problem solving that also acts as examination.

The international PhD school is organised by Trond Saue, Kenneth Ruud and Patrick Norman who have their backgrounds in the development and application of response theory methods in quantum chemistry. Applications include electric and magnetic spectroscopic properties of molecules, including linear and nonlinear interactions.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course provides comprehensive presentations of time-dependent response theory and electrodynamics. Response theory is explored in the time and frequency domains and with use of different quantum mechanical formulations. Electrodynamics is targeted towards an understanding of internal and external field interactions in/with molecular systems. More applied lectures cover presentations of linear and nonlinear optical properties, vibrational spectroscopies, UV/vis and X-ray absorption spectroscopies and birefringences, and magnetic resonance spectroscopies.

Intended learning outcomes *

To understand the theory for interactions between
light and molecular systems, including

  • how classical electrodynamic fields are introduced
    in the quantum mechanical Hamiltonian
  • how one from the Schrödinger ekvation determines
    response functions in the frequency domain
  • how a selection of response functions couples to
    spectroscopic observables

Course Disposition

1 week of preparatory studies, 1 week (Mon–Fri) of lectures (38 hours in total) at different location (international PhD school) , 1 week of solving homework problem.

Literature and preparations

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Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • HEM1 - Home assignment, 5.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Patrick Norman

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web FKE3150

Offered by

CBH/Theoretical Chemistry and Biology

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Theoretical Chemistry and Biology