Study programme 2020-2021Français
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Programme component of Bachelor's in Physics à la Faculty of Science

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-B3-SCPHYS-008-MCompulsory UEQUINET PascalS888 - Physique atomique et astrophysique
  • QUINET Pascal

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français301500044.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
S-PHYS-111Atomic and Molecular Physics3015000Q2100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the fundamentals
    • Have a good knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of physics and of the role of models and theories.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mathematics suitable for the study of physics, and be able to use this mathematics in applications in the field of physics
    • Undertake further study having already acquired and enhanced the necessary learning skills
  • Provide clear and accurate information
    • Communicate complex information to a qualified scientific partner
  • Have a rigorous scientific approach
    • Solve simple problems in the context of physics by identifying their basic aspects and by using both appropriate theoretical and experimental methods
    • Have integrated theoretical and/or practical skills during an introductory training session on scientific research

Learning Outcomes of UE

At the end of this course, the student should be able to use the concepts of quantum mechanics to describe atomic and molecular structures.

Content of UE

Atomic physics
- Hydrogen and one-electron atomic systems
- Polyelectronic atomic systems
- Theoretical models
- Coupling of angular momenta
- Fine structure
- Zeeman effect
- Hyperfine structure
- Light emission and absorption by atoms
Molecular physics
- Diatomic molecules
- Electronic states
- Vibration
- Rotation
- Molecular spectra
- Polyatomic molecules

Prior Experience

Basic concepts of quantum mechanics.

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • Oral Examination
  • Written examination

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Written examination (exercices) : 30%
Oral examination (theory) : 70%

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Oral examination
  • Written examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Written examination (exercices) : 30%
Oral examination (theory) : 70%

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Exercices dirigés
  • Démonstrations

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-111Lecture notes available from the moodle platform

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-111Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-PHYS-111Bibliographic sources:

W. Demtröder Atoms, Molecules and Photons. An Introduction to Atomic-, Molecular- and Quantum Physics, Springer (2010)     

E. Biémont, Spectroscopie Atomique. Instrumentation et Structures Atomiques, De Boeck (2006)     
E. Biémont, Spectroscopie Moléculaire. Structure Moléculaire et Analyse Spectrale,  De Boeck (2008)

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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