Chemistry 401: Principles of Spectroscopy

Course Level: 
Fourth Year
Academic Year: 

Dr. Evgeny Shapiro, Chemistry D323,  , 604-822-8374


  1. J. Michael Hollas, Modern Spectroscopy (optional text).
  2. D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (optional text).
  3. P. W. Atkins, Molecular Quantum Mechanics (optional text).
  4. R.W. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics (advanced reference).
  5. M.V. Fedorov, Atomic and Free Electrons in a Stronf Light Field (advanced reference).

Marking Scheme:

  1. Homework Assignments: 40% (about 1 assignment every week).
  2. In-class presentations: 10% (each student will make two 15-minute blackboard presentations during the course).
  3. One Midterm Exam: 20% (take-home, covering the first half of the course material)
  4. One Final Exam: 30% (take-home, covering the entire course material)

Class schedule:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-12.30 pm. The first class is on Tuesday, January 7th 2014.

Contact Info:

Dr. Evgeny Shapiro
Chemistry Building D323
Office Phone: 604-822-8374 
Office Hours: Anytime, but please e-mail me first.


  1. Propagation of light, absorption and refraction, laser pulses. Systems of units.
  2. Quantum mechanics of interaction of light with matter.
    Single-photon and Raman transitions, ionization, spontaneous emission, line width.
  3. Basics of atomic and molecular spectroscopy.
    • Atomic spectroscopy;
    • Born-Oppenheimer approximation;
    • Rotational molecular spectroscopy;
    • Vibrational spectroscopy of diatomic and polyatomic molecules,
    • Electronic spectroscopy.
  4. Modern spectroscopic methods.
    • Femtosecond spectroscopy.
    • Nonlinear spectroscopy and microscopy.