Physics H190, Spring 2002

Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy

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When and where: Wednesdays, 4:10-5:40 p.m., room 329 LeConte

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 developments, including:

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).

Required text

  • Brown, John M. Molecular spectroscopy. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998. QD96.M65 B76 1998
  • 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 literature:


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