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KD2040 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy 9.0 credits

Application of Quantum Mechanics within Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2040 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of three parts of roughly the same length. The essential quantum mechanics that is required later is covered in the first part. The basic quantum mechanical principles and their applications to model systems once mentioned in the basic course are discussed in detail. Approximative tools such as the perturbation theory and the variation method are introduced.

Basic molecular spectroscopy is treated in the second part of the course. Different kinds of interaction between electromagnetic radiation and molecules are discussed which then leads to the basic principles of various optical (such as infrared and Raman) and magnetic resonance (such as NMR and ESR) spectroscopies. Time-domain spectroscopies using short pulses of radiation and applied to studies of rapid chemical dynamics are discussed. The particularly powerful nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is treated in more detail in the course KD2060, NMR Spectroscopy.

Methods of quantum chemical calculations and their applications in chemistry and biochemistry are treated in the third part of the course:

• the Hartree-Fock method; theoretical background and implementation.

• Calculations of molecular properties; energies, molecular geometries, vibrational spectra and electrostatic potentials.

• Quantum chemical studies of intermolecular interactions; chemical reactivity and biological activity.

This part of the course includes two quantum-chemical calculation assignments where a modern quantum chemical software package is used for computing molecular properties and for analysing chemical problems.

Intended learning outcomes

To provide the first practical experience and the future starting point for solving structural and dynamical problems in chemistry by applying spectroscopic experiments and quantum chemical calculations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The basic courses in chemistry and mathematics for K.

Recommended prerequisites

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  1. A. I. M Rae: Quantum Mechanics, 3rd ed., Institute of Physics, 1993
  2. A. Szabo and N. S. Ostlund, Modern Quantum Chemistry, Dover, 1995

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

1. Combined written/oral examination; voluntary student seminars may replace the oral part, 6 credits.
2. Fulfilled laboratory course and calculation assignment, 3 credits.

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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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

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

KD2060, NMR Spectroscopy


Tore Brinck ,, 08-790 8210, István Furó,,

Supplementary information

Replaces by course KD2360