Bachelor Level

Quantum Chemistry II – Chemical Bonds

Based on quantum chemical concepts and methods (e.g., HMO), the students learn to qualitatively predict and to calculate the physical and chemical properties of atoms, ions, molecules and simple solid state systems. They can correctly describe chemical bonds and chemical reactivity. They master the mathematical tools of quantum mechanics, such as the Schrödinger equation, the Hamiltonian operator, basis sets, LCAO methods, matrix mechanics and the variational principle.

Physical Chemistry III – Spectroscopy

The students understand light–matter interactions in the classical sense (Maxwell equations, Lorentz model) and in the quantum mechanical sense (transition moment dipoles, selection rules, Einstein coefficients). They then master vibrational spectroscopy (potential surfaces with one, two or multiple minima, normal coordinates), rotational spectroscopy and electronic spectroscopy (classification of transitions, vibronic structure). Finally, they learn about excited-state processes such as energy transfer and different relaxation pathways.

Master Level

Advanced Spectroscopy – Non-Linear Properties, Lasers, Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

After having followed this lecture, the students will be able to:
1) appreciate the functioning of pulsed laser systems,
2) predict non-linear effects in various media,
3) understand various time-resolved spectroscopy techniques and
4) interpret experimental data obtained with those techniques.