Lasers in Chemistry (F1196)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You learn the fundamental principles of lasers and their application in chemistry, chemical physics and biophysics.

Building on a basic understanding of spectroscopy, you examine both the theoretical and practical aspect of lasers and the properties of coherent light.

Differences between continuous wave and ultra-fast lasers are explored through applications to steady-time and time-resolved spectroscopy.

The importance of lasers in chemistry and related disciplines is highlighted through the analysis of results from studies in molecular dynamics and energy transfer, coherent control of chemical reactions, atmospheric chemistry and laser based microscopy techniques.


85%: Lecture
15%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem Set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 25 hours of contact time and about 125 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: