2021 Advanced Physical Chemistry

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Graduate major in Chemistry
Ohshima Yasuhiro  Yamazaki Masakazu  Kitajima Masashi  Ishiuchi Shun-Ichi  Nishino Tomoaki 
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Mon5-6()  Thr5-6()  
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Course description and aims

This course is designed to provide students the ability for systematic understanding on various chemical phenomena in terms of microscopic point of view, as well as present status of research in the fields.
The course is organized to develop students' abilities in the following two subjects:
1) Understanding basics on coherent interaction between molecules and optical field, and its application to control of molecular motion.
2) Understanding basics on

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following three skills by taking this course.
1) Gain an understanding of coherent interaction between molecules and optical field, and apply them appropriately to control of molecular motion,


Coherent interaction, Molecular motion, Inter molecular interaction, Molecular cluster, Laser spectrocopy

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 A1. Light and molecules: Field-matter interaction Describe the lowest order term in the field-matter interaction. Explain the relation between the Einstein's A and B constants.
Class 2 B1. Inter molecular interaction I Explain the multipole expansion.
Class 3 A2. Light and molecules: Optical transitions Describe the selection rules of the one-photon transitions. Explain Raman scattering.
Class 4 B2. Inter molecular interaction II Describe the inter molecular interactions by the multipole expansion unifiedly.
Class 5 A3. Light and molecules: Coherence of light Explain the interference in the Young's double slit experiment. Describe the relation between the coherence of light and the line width.
Class 6 B3. Molecular cluster: Generation methods Explain the several methods to generate molecular clusters.
Class 7 A4. Light and molecules: Coherent interaction between molecules and optical field Calculate the Rabi frequency by using the light intensity and the transition moment. Explain what the pi-pulse condition is.
Class 8 B4. Molecular cluster: Mass spectrometry Explain the principles of several mass spectroscopic techniques.
Class 9 A5. Light and molecules: Coherence of molecules Explain what a quantum wave packet is. Describe the relation between the pulse width and the frequency width.
Class 10 B5. Laser spectroscopy for molecular clusters I Explain the several laser spectroscopic techniques for neutral molecular clusters.
Class 11 A6. Light and molecules: Molecular coherent control (1) Describe the two main themes for coherent control. Explain what the collapse and revival of wave packets are.
Class 12 B6. Nonlinear wavelength conversion Explain and calculate the phase matching condition for the wavelength conversion.
Class 13 A7. Light and molecules: Molecular coherent control (2) Explain some examples of molecular coherent control by intense laser field.
Class 14 B7. Laser spectroscopy for molecular clusters II Explain the several laser spectroscopic techniques for ionic molecular clusters.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Physical chemistry: A molecular approach,by D. A. McQuarrie and J. D. Simon, The University Science Books

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of fundamentals of angular momentum, coherent interaction between molecules and optical field, and surface science.
Students' course scores are based on the final exam.

Related courses

  • CHM.C401 : Basic Concepts of Physical Chemistry
  • CHM.C532 : Advanced Quantum Chemistry
  • CHM.C201 : Introductory Quantum Chemistry
  • CHM.C332 : Quantum Chemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not specified.

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