Molecular Photophysics and Spectroscopy

Molecular Photophysics and Spectroscopy

David L Andrews
ISBN: 9781627052870 | PDF ISBN: 9781627052887
Copyright © 2014 | 94 Pages | Publication Date: 09/01/2014

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This book aims to provide a fresh, photon-based description of modern molecular spectroscopy and photophysics, with applications that are drawn from across the breadth of chemistry, biology, physics and materials science, including recent developments. In contrast to many older, established textbooks, this approach dwells less on detailed accounts of theory and instrumentation. Instead, the focus is on the mechanisms that operate at the fundamental level, on how light absorption and scattering occur in molecules, and what happens to the energy which the molecules acquire. Mathematics is kept to a minimum and the required knowledge of calculus seldom extends beyond recognizing the meaning of derivatives and integrals. Quantitative understanding is nevertheless put into practice in example calculations which pepper the text; SI units are used throughout. With the aid of extensive, purposely devised illustrations, this approach aims to foster a deeper intuition for the photophysical processes involved in light/matter interaction, aiming to consolidate the principles and to exemplify how widely ranging information can be derived from spectroscopic study.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy and Photophysics
The Electronic and Nuclear Structure and Molecules
Mechanism for the Absorption of Light
Small Molecule Rotational Energy Levels and Spectra
Diatomics and Triatomics: Vibrational Energy Levels and Spectra
Electronic and Vibrational States in Large Molecules
Large Molecule Infrared Absoprtion Spectroscopy
Raman Scattering and Spectral Interpretation
Transition Rates and Selection Rules
Chiral Phenomena and Optical Activity
After Light is Absorbed: Photophysics in an Excited Electronic State
Optical Polarization Measurements
Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
Multiphoton Absorption in Molecules
Multiphoton Imaging and Processing

About the Author(s)

David L Andrews, University of East Anglia, UK
Following PhD studies in Chemistry at University College London, David Andrews spent two years as a Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics. He then joined the University of East Anglia as Lecturer, gaining a Chair in Chemical Physics in 1996; he has also held Visiting Fellowships at University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and twice at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Prof. Andrews was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1988, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 1999, and a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, in 2006.

The interests of his research group broadly concern developing the theory of molecular interactions - with each other, and with light - in terms of quantum electrodynamics (QED). Quantum Electrodynamics is essentially the study of how matter interacts with light, treating both matter and light quantum mechanically. The QED group at UEA has been at the forefront in applications ranging from spectroscopy and nonlinear optics to the intermolecular transport of energy.

Professor Andrews has over 300 research papers and also ten books to his name, including a widely adopted textbook on Lasers in Chemistry; he is also on the Editorial Boards of four international journals. The current focus of his research is on novel mechanisms for optical nanomanipulation and switching, and light-harvesting in nanostructured molecular systems. His group enjoys strong international links, particularly with groups in Canada, Lithuania, New Zealand and the United States. Professor Andrews was recently Chair of the SPIE Nanotechnology Technical Group and he is currently Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Molecular Spectroscopy Group.

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