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TIF300 - Spectroscopy
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPHS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English
Application code: 85128
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B
Maximum participants: 60

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   15 Jan 2021 pm J   08 Apr 2021 pm J,  20 Aug 2021 am J

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Timur Shegai

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Before taking the course consider if you satisfy the following:

This course requires basic knowledge in optics and electromagnetism.

It is beneficial but not necessary to have training in quantum mechanics, symmetry, and condensed matter physics.


To provide a broad introduction to the field of modern spectroscopy with particular emphasis on modern experimental techniques and theoretical background.

To familiarize students with central unifying concepts and experimental as well as theoretical methods needed for the understanding of modern spectroscopy.

To highlight the importance of symbiosis between experimental and theoretical approaches in the spectroscopy disciplines.

To introduce the key physical concepts of atomic and molecular spectroscopy and microscopy, as well as give an overview of their applications.

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

explain the basic concepts to describe phenomena that are responsible for the importance of spectroscopy in modern science and technology.
name and explain some of the most important experimental and theoretical methods commonly used.
apply theoretical reasoning to account for experimental observations, and to build simple physical models for properties and processes occurring in atoms and molecules upon interaction with electromagnetic radiation.
explain the key phenomena for the interaction of electrons with the matter.


Electron and photoelectron spectroscopies, atoms (hydrogen atom) and small molecules. Classification of electronic states.
The concept of dielectric function. Lorentz model of optical permittivity. Transmission, Reflection, Absorption and Scattering spectroscopy.
Raman spectroscopy and modern methods, CARS, hyper-Raman, stimulated Raman, Fourier Transform Raman, polarization methods, etc. (including surface-enhanced Raman).
Infrared and far-infrared absorption spectroscopy: vibrations and rotations (FTIR microscope, IR selection rules, symmetry).
Fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy (including advanced techniques, such as single molecules, FCS, FRET, FLIM, antibunching, super-resolution, etc.).
Cathodoluminescence and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).


The main course content will be given during the lectures.
In addition to the lectures, there will be two COMPULSORY laboratory works, devoted to optical spectroscopy and electron spectroscopy correspondingly. The optical part will include Raman and FTIR microscopy and spectroscopy, while the electron spectroscopy part will include cathodoluminescence and EELS.
The course also included optional homeworks, which will give BONUS points at the exam.


J. Hollas: Modern Spectroscopy, Willey, 2004.
D. Long: The Raman effect, Wiley, 2002.
E. Wilson: Molecular vibrations: The theory of infrared and Raman vibrational spectra.
E. Le Ru and P. Etchegoin: Principle of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, Elsevier, 2009.
J. Lakowicz: Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Springer, 2006
Handouts and articles distributed during lectures are made available on the course homepage.

Examination including compulsory elements

A written exam at the end of the course.
Getting a "PASS" at the compulsory labs.
BONUS points for the homeworks.

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.