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phy031 - Atomic and Molecular Physics (Complete module description)
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Module label Atomic and Molecular Physics
Modulkürzel phy031
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Präsenzzeit 84h, Selbststudium: 96h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Bachelor's Programme Engineering Physics (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
Zuständige Personen
Neu, Walter (Module responsibility)
Bayer, Tim-Daniel (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Groß, Petra (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Englert, Lars (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Kittel, Achim (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Lienau, Christoph (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Neu, Walter (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Nilius, Niklas (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Pengel, Dominik (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Schäfer, Sascha (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Wollenhaupt, Matthias (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Courses in Experimental Physics I and II and Mathematics I & II
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students are competent on the fundamental principles of atomic and molecular physics. They are familiar to classical description and have established a quantum mechanical understanding. The exercises and tutorials deepen the knowledge by assigning appropriate homework.
Module contents
  • concepts of atomic models
  • angular momentum, spin, and magnetic properties of the electrons
  • interaction with electric and magnetic fields
  • wave-particle dualism of electrons and photons
  • introduction to quantum mechanics: wave packets, Schrodinger equation, Heisenberg uncertainty principle
  • relativity and Dirac equation
  • coupling schemes and atomic spectra
  • Bosons and fermions
  • periodic system of the elements
  • introduction to molecular physics
  • molecular spectra
  • applications: the electron in the box, the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, fine and hyperfine structure, line shapes, spectroscopy and modern experimental methods
W. Demtröder: Experimentalphysik, Band 3: Atome, Moleküle, Festkörper. Springer, Berlin, 2000. (available in English)
H. Haken, H. C.Wolf: Atom- und Quantenphysik. Springer, Berlin 2004.
H. Haken, H. C. Wolf: Molekülphysik und Quantenchemie. Springer, Berlin, 2004. (available in English)
H.-J. Leisi: Quantenphysik. Springer, Berlin, 2004.
G. Otter, R. Honecker: Atome, Moleküle, Kerne. Teubner, Stuttgart, 1998.
B. Thaller: Visual Quantum Mechanics – Selected topics with computer generated movies of quantum mechanical phenomena. Springer, Berlin, 2002.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
Modullevel / module level AC (Aufbaucurriculum / Composition)
Modulart / typ of module je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Vorlesung: 4 SWS, Übung: 2 SWS
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 4 56
Exercises 2 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 84 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
90 - 180 min. written examination (regular) or 30 - 45 min. oral exam (optional).
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