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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
KFK150 - Applied optical spectroscopy  
Syllabus adopted 2017-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0195 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   28 May 2018 pm M,  07 Oct 2017 pm SB,  22 Aug 2018 pm SB

In programs

MPNAT NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Professor  Bo Albinsson


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Physics or Chemistry equivalent to 15 ECTS.


The overall aim of this course is to provide an understanding about various spectroscopic techniques, from the theoretical background to the hands on procedures.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  1. Apply basic quantum chemistry to describe and predict the outcome of light-matter interactions. Assessed in written or oral exam.
  2. Assign point group of a given molecule in order to find allowed or forbidden transitions based on molecular structure. Assessed in written or oral exam.
  3. Derive the selection rules for transitions within atoms and molecules. Assessed in written or oral exam.
  4. Apply your knowledge of optical spectroscopic techniques, such as UV-vis absorption, fluorescence, IR, and Raman to solve basic spectroscopic problems, both theoretically and practically. Assessed in written or oral exam and project.
  5. Describe the theory behind the function of a laser. Also, identify practical problems where laser spectroscopy can be used. Assessed in written or oral exam.
  6. Collect experimental and literature data and critically analyze the result within a team. Further, present your results in a report as well as in an oral presentation. Assessed in project.
  7. Understand the theoretical background of rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy. Assessed in written or oral exam and project.


The course starts with an introduction to important spectroscopic techniques, used in ongoing research projects. Thereafter, basic quantum chemistry is repeated, and forms the basis for discussing the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter. This includes relevant theory for understanding this interaction.
The course covers vibrational spectroscopy (IR and Raman), UV and Visible light spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy and emission spectropscopy, with focus on the applications of these techniques.

The lectures cover practical use of quantum mechanical operators, theory for vibrational and rotational motion and electronic excitation, selection rules and perturbation theory. The theoretical aspect is covered during lectures and the use is illustrated in exercises and projects.


The teaching consists of lectures, exercises, writing assignments and hand-in problems and a mandatory project work including an oral presentation and a written report.


Modern Spectroscopy 4th edition, J. Michael Hollas, John Wiley & Sons


Written and/or oral examination and approved laboratory project.

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