Fundamentals and Applications of Spectroscopy


Stanford School of Engineering



Spectroscopic analysis has been crucial in the development of the most fundamental theories in physics, including quantum mechanics, theories of relativity, and quantum electrodynamics. It has also been a key tool in developing scientific understanding of both electromagnetic and nuclear forces. Spectroscopic techniques have been applied in virtually all technical fields of science and technology, such as magnetic resonance imaging for medical patients and the astrochemistry of distant stars and intergalactic molecules. 

In this class, students will learn the theoretical principles of molecular spectroscopy and how to apply these principles to photon and electron spectroscopy. Students will complete the class with the necessary background to tackle more advanced spectroscopic applications.


CHEM271 or course in quantum mechanics.

Topics include

  • Rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopies
  • Infrared and Raman spectroscopies
  • Auger, X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies
  • Near edge absorption fine structure spectroscopy
  • Scanning tunneling spectroscopy

Note on Course Availability

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