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phy634 - Biophotonics and Spectroscopy (Complete module description)
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Module label Biophotonics and Spectroscopy
Module code phy634
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Attendance: 56 hrs, Self study: 124 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Engineering Physics (Master) > Schwerpunkt: Laser and Optics
Responsible persons
Neu, Walter (Module responsibility)
Koch, Sandra (Authorized examiners)
Neu, Walter (Authorized examiners)
Schellenberg, Markus (Authorized examiners)
Basics in optics and laser physics, in particular, fundamentals of optics and photonics; atomic and molecular physics; spectrophysics
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students thoroughly deepen their knowledge on concepts of spectroscopy as well as on biophotonics, This module provides the theoretical background for analytical applications involving UV-Visible spectroscopy, atomic absorption, emission and laser based spectroscopies. The students develop a sound understanding of the principles and instrumentation of atomic and molecular spectroscopy with in depth applications to a wide range of environments e.g. analytical, biological, industrial, pharmaceutical, environmental. The students develop problem solving skills with reasoning based on theory underlying spectroscopy and photonics in biosciences and medicine thus providing a background to practical laboratory training.
Module contents
Application of atomic and molecular spectroscopy at a wide range of fields, e.g. industrial, biosciences, microscopy, pharmaceutical, environmental, trace analysis: 1. Explain the mechanisms of and fundamental distinctions between molecular and atomic spectroscopy 2. Recognise the issues regarding sensitivity and selectivity of molecular and atomic spectroscopy 3. Evaluate the limitations and analytical issues associated with each method 3. Demonstrate analytical application of these atomic and molecular absorption and emission techniques 4. Discriminate the analytical challenges that can be appropriately solved by these spectroscopic techniques
Reader's advisory
R. Noll: Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Fundamentals and Applications. Springer, Berlin, 2012. ISBN: 978-3-642-20667-2;
S. Musazzi, U. Perini (Eds.): Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Theory and Applications. Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Berlin, 2014. ISBN: 978-3-642-45084-6;
Braun, M., Gilch, P., Zinth, W.: Ultrashort Laser Pulses in Biology and Medicine. Springer Berlin; 2007. ISBN-13: 978-3540735656;
S. Svanberg: Atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Basic aspects and practical applications. Springer, 2004.; W. Demtröder, Laser Spectroscopy Vol. 1 and 2, Springer, 5nd ed. 2014 and 4th ed., 2008;
B. Di Bartolo, John Collins (Eds.): Biophotonics: Spectroscopy, Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation. Springer Netherlands, 2011. ISBN: 978-90-481-9976-1;
W. Fritzsche, J. Popp (Eds.): Optical Nano- and Microsystems for Bioanalytics. Springer Series on Chemical Sensors and Biosensors, Berlin, 2012. ISBN: 978-3-642-25497-0;
Recent publications on specific topics
Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Sommer- oder Wintersemester
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture: 2 hrs/week, Seminar: 2hrs/week
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module