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Objectives and Content
Objectives:To give a broad knowledge of the most important characteristics of atoms and molecules and their interaction with electromagnetic fields
Content:The course describes the basic properties of atoms from non-relativistic to relativistic theory and from one- and two-electron systems to the buildup of the periodic system. Additionally it covers the theory and properties of simple molecules. A central topic in the course is the theory of interaction between atoms (molecules) and the electromagnetic field. Cursorial, a range of phenomena will be discussed based on the students background and interests. Examples are collisions, stopping power, tunneling and the Auger effect.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The student has knowledge about:
- the structure and dynamics of atoms and simple molecules.
- the interaction between atoms, molecules and electromagnetic fields.
- collision processes involving atoms, charged particles and molecules.
- the structure of the periodic system, many-electron and relativistic effects.
The student can:
- apply physics and mathemathics to solve the Schrödinger equation and the Dirac equation for hydrogen-like atoms.
- explain the buildup of multi-electron atoms and simple molecules and their characteristics.
- apply quantum mechanics to compute characteristic quantities related to atomic structure, emission and absorption of radiation.
The student can:
- explain to the general public about the structure of basic matter and its response to radiation and impinging particles.
- explain how atomic processes are responsable for phenomena aound us and their applications in technology.
- provide practical examples related to atoms and radiation, such as colors, the photosynthesis, grreenhouse effect and radiating technologies such as mobile phones.