cod. 18344

Academic year 2011/12
2° 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

Advanced concepts in optical spectroscopy and (multi)photonics


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Course unit content

Excitation energy transfer
- Förster and Dexter mechanisms
- Applications of FRET (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer): investigation of macromolecular association and intermolecular distances; protein folding; energy harvesting; sensing.

Electron transfer
Marcus theory and applications

Nonlinear optics
- Nonlinear response theory and hyperpolarizabilities
- Second-order processes: second-harmonic generation and applications
- Third-order processes: Raman scattering, Two-Photon Absorption and their applications

Optical microscopy
- Confocal microscopy
- Multiphoton optical imaging

Optical Bloch equations and photon echo

Two-dimensional optical spectroscopy (IR and vis)

Full programme

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J. R. Lakowicz, Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Springer 2006.
V. May, O. Kuhn, Charge and Energy Transfer Dynamics in Molecular Systems, Wiley 2004.
R. W. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics, Academic Press 2008.
Y. R. Shen, The Principles of Nonlinear Optics, Wiley-Interscience 1984.
P. Hamm and M. Zanni, Concepts and Methods of 2D Infrared Spectroscopy, Cambridge University Press 2011.

Teaching methods

Classes and a couple of practical laboratory trainings

Assessment methods and criteria

Two options are possible: a classical exam (with questions on the course subjects) or the preparation of a report on a subjects of choice (related to the subjects of the course)

Other information

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