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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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