Course detail

Modern Spectroscopic Methods

FCH-MAO_MSMAcad. year: 2019/2020

The cours gives a complete overview about spectroscopic methods using electromagnetic radiation. The construction of spectrometers, light sources, detectors and accessories will be given, too. Finally, the overview of methods actually used in chemistry will be given including the methods that will be introduced into the chemistry in near future.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will know principles of spectroscopy, construction and use of spectrometers and application of various spectroscopic methods in chemical practice.


Physical chemistry III Physics - optics


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Atkins P. W.: Physical Chemistry. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2006. (EN)
Hollas J. M.: Modern Spectroscopy. Wiley, Chichester 1987. (EN)
Pelikán P., Lapčík L., Zmeškal O., Krčma F.: Fyzikální chemie, Struktura hmoty. VUTIUM Brno, Brno 2000. (EN) (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Written part will consist from 7 spectroscopic calculations, spoken part will be focused on overwiev and crosslinks

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Atomic and molecular energetic levels. Electromagnetic radiation and spectral transitions. Absorption of electromagnetic radiation
2. Atomic spectroscopy. Spectral line profile
3. Rotational spectra. Centrifugal distortion. Raman scattering
4. Vibrational spectra. Anharmonicity of vibrations
5. Vibrational-rotational spectra of diatomic molecules. Vibrations of polyatomic molecules. Group vibrations
6. Electron spectroscopy. Franck-Condon principle. Selection rules for the electronic transitions. Fluorescence and phosphorescence. Photoelectron spectroscopy
7. Spectrometers - contruction, prisms, gratings, resolution
8. Light sources
9. Lasers
10. Detectors and accessories
11. Spectroscopic methods actually used in chemistry - IR, FT-IR, ICP, AAS, LIBS, LIF, TALIF, fluorimetry etc.
12. Magnetic resonance methods. EPR and NMR
13. Methods that will be introduced in near future - Cavity Ring Down, laser tomography, etc.


The goal of course is to give the overview of spectroscopic methods based on quantum mechanics, spectrometric equipment and the actually used methods in chemistry.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPCP_CHM_INT Master's

    branch NPCO_CHM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer