FSK3821 Experimental Molecular Physics 6.0 credits

Experimentell molekylfysik

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Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Grating spectrometers. Principles of molecular transitions. Laser spectroscopy. Laser induced fluorescence. Experiments on iodine. Time-resolved spectroscopy and measurements on molecular iodine and its life-time. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. Measurements on metal samples. Determinations of elemental concentrations. Laser Raman spectroscopy and measurements on liquid nitrogen. Use of Notch filters. Infrared spectroscopy. Measurements on carbon monoxide. Determination of rotational constants. Synthesizes of molecular spectra from molecular constants.

Intended learning outcomes *

The course aims to give basic knowledge about advanced experimental physics, such as the use of modern IR spectrometers, high resolution spectrometers, laser measurement methods as LIBS (Laser induced brekdown spectroscopy)  and Laser Raman spectroscopy. After the course the student will be able to:

  • perform experiments on rotation and vibration spectroscopy
  • use LIBS technology to measure concentration of metals
  • use laser induced fluorescence techniques to measure vibrational constants
  • use Laser Raman techniques on larger molecules in the liquid phase
  • synthesizes of  molecular spectra with known molecular constants
  • use laser spectroscopy to measure vibrational and rotational temperatures
  • perform calculations applying the Franck-Condon approximation

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Quantum physics for F4 (SI2170) or Laser spectroscopy for F4 (SK2800), or corresponding knowledge.

Recommended prerequisites

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Handouts. Lars-Erik Berg

Examination and completion

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

LAB1 - Laborations, 6.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

Other requirements for final grade *

Laboration reports (LAB1; 6 credits, grade P/F)

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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Peter Unsbo

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SCI/Applied Physics

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

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Peter Unsbo, peter.unsbo@biox.kth.se

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.

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Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics