PHY 442/542 Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules (4)

Survey of the structure of atoms and molecules, using optical spectroscopy as a tool. Lecture reviews the quantum theory of atoms and molecules, including solutions to the Schroedinger equation, spectroscopic notation, transition rates, and selection rules. Laboratory examines a variety of light sources, with increasing resolution. Zeeman, fine structure, and hyperfine structure, in particular, are considered. Emphasis on laboratory investigation.

Prerequisite: PHY 281, 293, or permission of instructor. Pre- or co-requisite: PHY 483.

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