The overall goal of the course is to show how the knowledge of classical and quantum mechanics as well as thermodynamics can be applied for understanding and predicting optical properties of real materials such as atoms, molecules and condensed matter:
- The student is aware of basic approximations which may greatly simplify the analysis of light-matter interaction
- The student understands thermodynamic concepts of light-matter interaction and can design a thermodynamic model describing optical properties of atoms, molecules and materials
- The student understands both classical and quantum mechanical picture of light-matter interaction
- The student understands similarities, advantages and shortcoming of these models
- The student is able to deduce information and learn from real scientific articles on the subject of light matter interaction.
We will present quantum mechanical and thermodynamic descriptions of interaction of light with matter showing similarities of the approaches, their advantages and shortcomings. It will be shown how to apply these models to real systems such as atoms, molecules and condensed matter.
|Inleiding Vaste Stof Fysica, Inleiding Atoom- en Molecuulfysica, Quantummechanica 1a,1b|
|Open book oral examination|