Physics H190, Spring 2002
Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy
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When and where: Wednesdays, 4:10-5:40 p.m., room 329
Instructor: Associate Professor D. Budker
Office hour: Tu, 1-2, 273 Birge
Format: one 1.5 hr class meeting per week (student
participation strongly encouraged), homework
Synopsis and goals of the course:
The course will attempt to provide a brief but systematic
introduction to the spectra of diatomic molecules, and will
include a discussion of traditional rotational, vibrational,
Raman, electronic, and photoelectron spectroscopies, followed by
an overview of selected experimental techniques and modern
- Tests of fundamental symmetries in molecules (parity,
time-reversal invariance, and quantum statistics)
- Trapping and cooling molecules
- Molecular formation from laser-cooled and trapped atoms
- Hypersonic beams of molecules
- Molecular lasers
- Spectroscopy of molecular solids, matrix isolation
Our approach to this course will be different from that
employed by the present instructor in teaching the Honors seminar
in the past (see e.g. the H190 Spring
2001 web page).
Brown, John M. Molecular spectroscopy. Oxford
; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998. QD96.M65 B76
Some other textbooks that may be used in conjunction
with this course include:
G. Herzberg. Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure,
v. I. Spectra of Diatomic
Molecules. Krieger, Malabar, Florida, 89.
(An advanced text; used as a reference by professionals)
QC451.H455 1950 v.1
Bernath, Peter F. Spectra
of atoms and molecules. Oxford University
Press, New York, 1995. QC454.A8 B47 1995
Banwell, C. N. Fundamentals
of molecular spectroscopy, 4th ed. London
; New York : McGraw-Hill, 1994, QD96.M65 B36 1994
Various specific topics are covered in additional
- S. Svanberg. Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy.
Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 1992.
- B. H. Bransden and C. J. Joachain. Physics of Atoms and
Molecules. Longman, 1988. QC173.B677 1983
reserve (2 copies)
- L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshits. Quantum Mechanics.
QC174.12.L35131 1977 reserve (2 copies)
- N. F. Ramsey. Molecular Beams. Oxford, 1990. QC173
.R33 (2 copies)
- W. Demtröder. Laser Spectroscopy. Springer, 1996.
- I. B. Khriplovich. Parity Nonconservation in Atomic
Phenomena. Gordon&Breach, 1991.
- I. B. Khriplovich and S. K. Lamoreaux, CP violation
without strangeness : electric dipole moments of
particles, atoms, and molecules. New York :
Springer-Verlag, c1997. QC793.3.V5.K47 1997
- A. R. Edmonds. Angular momentum in quantum mechanics.
Princeton University Press, 1974. QC174.1.E3 1974
- R. N. Zare, Angular momentum : understanding spatial
aspects in chemistry and physics. New York : Wiley,
c1988. QC793.3.A5.Z371 1987
- H. J. Metcalf and P. van der Straten. Laser cooling and
trapping. Springer, 1999. QC689.5.L35.M47 1999
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