Phys 6120: Molecular Physics

**Contact information**Professor: Robin Côté Office Tuesday Office: P-114 Hours: 1:00-2:00 PM Phone: (860) 486-4912 or by appointment email: rcote@phys.uconn.edu **Text book:**Lecture notes, which can be made available in class a few days after each lecture.**Lectures:**Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:45 AM, Room P-103A.**Assessment:**There will be bi-weekly written homework assignments, which will constitute 60% of the grade. The remainder of the grade will be determined from one written midterm exam (around March 22), and one final project (end of semester). The following weights are used in calculating the final grade in the course.Homework 60% Midterm 15% Final Project 25% **Academic misconduct:**There is a zero-tolerance policy for any form of academic misconduct. An explanation of academic misconduct can be found at http://www.doas,uconn.edu. See Section VI of*The Student Conduct Code*by clicking on*Judicial Affairs*, then*Student Code*, then*Part VI: Academic Integrity in Undergraduate Education and Research*. Also see the link to*Judicial Process FAQ*which is available on the*Judicial Affairs*link.**Course Outline (may change):**1- Molecular Hamiltonian, Born-Oppenheimer and adiabatic approximations 2- Diatomic molecules and notations 3- Symmetries 4- Polyatomic molecules 5- Diatomic molecules and Long-range interactions 6- Effect of electric and magnetic fields 7- Scattering, especially Feshbach resonances 8- Spectroscopy (various approaches to gain spectroscopic information) 9- Special topics (e.g., photoassociation, cold molecules, chemical reactions, etc.) **Reference Textbooks:**many good books describe various aspects of the material covered in this course. Among them-
Harald Friedrich,
*Theoretical Atomic Physics*, Third Edition, Springer-Verlag, 2006, ISBN 3-540-25644-X. -
Dmitry Budker, Derek F. Kimball, and David P. DeMille,
*Atomic Physics: An Exploration through Problems and Solutions*, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-19-953241-4.

Also available in hardcover. Offers excellent physical insight in systematically treating a variety of extended example problems, but not organized as a full-spectrum textbook. -
Harold J. Metcalf and Peter van der Straten,
*Laser Cooling and Trapping*, Springer-Verlag, 1999, ISBN 0-387-98728-2 (also available in hardcover). An exceptionally lucid text, broader in coverage than its title suggests. -
Richard N. Zare,
*Angular Momentum: Understanding Spatial Aspects in Chemistry and Physics*, John Wiley and Sons, 1988, ISBN 0471858927. Easily the best book available on its subject area. -
Christopher J. Foot,
*Atomic Physics*, Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 0-19-850696-1. A highly recommended newer text at an introductory level. -
W. Demtröder,
*Laser Spectroscopy: Basic Concepts and Instrumentation*, 2nd Edition, Springer-Verlag, 1996, ISBN 3-540-57171-X. Excellent coverage of real-world considerations and experimental methods. -
P. F. Bernath,
*Spectra of Atoms and Molecules*, Oxford, 1995, ISBN 0-19-507598-6. Probably the best introduction to the subject thatâ€™s currently available. -
H. Haken and H.C. Wolf,
*Molecular Physics and Elements of Quantum Chemistry*, 2nd Edition, Springer-Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-540-40792-8. -
H. Lefebvre-Brion and R. W. Field,
*The Spectra and Dynamics of Diatomic Molecules*, Elsevier Academic Press, 2004, ISBN 0-12-441456-7. This is a specialist's text, with no details spared.