Checking date: 23/06/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Advanced Atomic and Molecular Physics
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physic (273)

Coordinating teacher: MARTIN SOLIS, JOSE RAMON

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Basic quantum mechanics and techniques, including the treatment of angular momentum, perturbation theory, solution for the Schrodinger equation in one dimension, and the Hydrogen atom.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
The course provides the basis for an understanding of atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy. The basic computational procedures in this field are introduced in some detail. The student is introduced to the use and interpretation of spectroscopic data on atoms and diatomic molecules. The course provides the student with an appropiate training in atomic and molecular physics, as well as in the use of atomic and molecular data for applications such as spectroscopy or plasma diagnostics.
Description of contents: programme
Poli-electronic atoms; atomic structure; central field approximation and main corrections; computational techniques; interactions with external static fields; atomic spectroscopy. Born-Oppenheimer approximation for molecules; molecular bonding and stability; electronic, vibrational and rotational wavefunctions; molecular spectroscopy for diatomics; basics on polyatomic molecules; applications.
Learning activities and methodology
* Teaching methods: Classroom lectures. Classroom problem solving sessions. Visits to the spectroscopy laboratory. Homework assignments including computer tasks. * Course material: Lecture notes. Virtual facilities (a dedicated web page) will be also provided with the aim of improving the interaction with the lecturers and the learning of the subject.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 70
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 30
Basic Bibliography
  • Atkins, P.W. . Molecular Quantum Mechanics. Oxford Univ. Press. 1989
  • B.H.Bransden, C.J.Joachain. Physics of atoms and molecules. Longman. 1994
  • I.I.Sobelman. Atomic Spectra and Radiative Transitions. Springer Verlag.
Additional Bibliography
  • G.K.Woodgate . Elementary atomic structure. McGraw Hill.
  • Haken Wolf. Molecular Physics and elements of Quantum Chemistry, introduction to experiments and theory. Springer Verlag . 1995

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.