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Molecular Physics

  • 7.5 credits

Why does alcohol mix with water but not oil? Why does water freeze at 273 K and boil at 373 K? How can the structure of a molecule dictate how it absorbs and emits light? This course takes a fundamental look at how molecules are made, and how their properties can be investigated and understood.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
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Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.

IMPORTANT

Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department

Everyone admitted to a course at the Department of Physics will receive a welcome letter with important information from us via e-mail. If you have not receive the mail by the beginning of August, please contact our study advisor!

Roll-call

Courses at the Department of Physics do not have a roll-call. Instead the course starts with the first lecture.

Registration

After being admitted to a course, you must register to confirm that you are starting your studies. For most of our courses this can be done online using your university account. Registration normally opens two weeks before the course starts and you must have registered at the latest one week after the first lecture. If you have any problems with registration, contact our student office. Contact details can be found below.

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Learning platform

Most of the courses in physics use the Athena learning platform. Once registered, the course should appear automatically in Athena. If you cannot find the course, contact the course coordinator. If the course uses a different website, you can find the link further down on this web page.

Conditionally admitted

If you are conditionally admitted to a course at our department you need to contact our study advisor before you can register. Contact us as soon as possible, well before the course starts. Contact details are found further down on this web page.

Applicants on waiting list

Are you placed on a waiting list to any of our courses? You will always be contacted by e-mail if you  are offered a place. Normaly we will not admit new students if more than 1 week has passed after the firsts lecture.

Find the Departmend of Physics

Most of the physics courses are held in the AlbaNova building, located between the Frescati campus and the Royal Institute of Technology (Tekniska högskolan, KTH). Courses in medical radiation physics are held at Campus Karolinska Hospital. A few of our physics courses are also given in collaboration with KTH or other departments. If this is the case it is clearly stated further down on this web page.

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Education during autumn 2020

Most courses at the Department of Physics which starts during the first period of the autumn semester will have lectures given online while practical elements (e.g., laboratory exercises) and examination take place on campus.

Click here to read more about the education during autumn 2020.

More specific deatalis regarding this course can be found further down on this web page or on the course page in the Athena learning platform. If you have questions you can contact the course coordinator; contact details are found further down on this web page.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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The course starts with a description of how the concept of symmetry can be applied to describe the geometrical structure of molecules. The foundations of group theory are introduced, and then applied to describe molecular structure, electronic structure, the vibrational and rotation motion, as well as deriving selections rules for interaction with electromagnetic radiation. The experimental techniques used to study molecular properties are described. Examples from different areas of experimental molecular physics, such as ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, storage rings for ions, and X-ray and synchrotron based radiation, are used to illustrate the theoretical concepts.

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle course given at half speed during daytime. This course can also be taken as a third cycle course.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of seminars, supported by group education, peer review, and obligatory laboratory exercises.

    Assessment

    The course is examined by a final oral examination, and continual assessment through peer-review and discussion.

    Examiner

    Richard Thomas

    Phoen: +468 5537 8784

    E-mail: Richard.Thomas@fysik.su.se

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    “Spectra of Atoms and Molecules (Topics in Physical Chemistry)”, by  Peter F. Bernath,  Published by Oxford University Press, ISBN 10: 0195075986 ISBN 13: 9780195075984

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:
    Markus Kowalewski , phone: +468 5537 8661, e-mail: markus.kowalewski@fysik.su.se
    Richard Thomas, phone: +468 5537 8784, e-mail: Richard.Thomas@fysik.su.se

    Course assistant:
    Alice Schmidt-May, e-mail: alice.schmidt-may@fysik.su.se

     

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: studievagledare@fysik.su.se

    Student office: studentexp@fysik.su.se