cod. 00913

Academic year 2010/11
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Chimica fisica (CHIM/02)
Discipline chimiche inorganiche e chimico-fisiche
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Acquisition of basic concepts needed to describe time-dependent molecular processes.
Understanding of processes relatedto the light-matter interaction at the linear order.
Basic principles of linera optical spectroscopy (electronic and vibrational).
Basic principles of magnetic spectroscopy (mainly NMR).


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Course unit content

Basic concepts:
-electromagnetic spectrum
-absorption spectrum
-Fourier transform

Elettromagnetic radiation:
-classical and quantistic description
-matter-radiation interaction Hamiltonian

Time-dependent perturbation theory (linear)
-general discussion
-absorbance and emission of radiation
-electric dipole approximation
-absorbance, spontaneous and stimulate emission

Linear respose theory
-response function and susceptibility
-steady-state and time-resolved experiments
-active and passive processes, Kramers-Krönig relations
-complex dielectric constant
-microscopic formulation
-relaxation and bandshapes

Optical spectroscopy
-the adiabatic approximation
- selection rules
-vibrational spectroscopy
-electronic spectroscopy
-optical spectroscopy with polarized light

Magnetic spectroscopy
- NMR and ESR basic experiments
- solution NMR
-density matrix, a primer
-non-interacting spins
-interacting spin systems, product operators
-2D- NMR, a primer

Full programme

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G.C.Schatz, M.A.Ratner, Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry, Dover (2002)
J. McHale Molecular Spectroscopy
S. Fischer, P. Scherer, Theoretical Molecular Biophysics, Springer (2010)
M.H. Levitt, Spin Dynamics, Wiley

Teaching methods

frontal teaching

Assessment methods and criteria

final oral exam

Other information

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