The basic physics of spectroscopy: Light-matter interaction for fun and profit
09 Mar 2023

This first session of a four-part ‘Fundamentals of Spectroscopy’ course, will examine core concepts essential to understanding common optical spectroscopy methods. In this session, Adam Wise, and applications specialist from Andor will explain how light – an electromagnetic wave – passes through, bounces off, gets absorbed by, and is made by, atoms, molecules and solids. This session is in no way designed to replace a long and rigorous course of study, but instead tries to show a physical model of the language used to describe spectroscopy, as well as define a common vocabulary that will be relied on as the course continues.

Key learning objectives

  • Understand that what a spectrometer ‘sees’ differs from our perception of color, both in terms of finer resolution, and no hard limits on the energies of light that can be detected
  • Discover a simple but meaningful model of how the electric field of light interacts with electrical charges in atoms and molecules
  • Recognize how the wavelength and energy of light relate to different size scales and emission/absorption processes within atoms, molecules, and bulk matter

Who should attend?

  • Academic Researcher
  • R&D Scientist
  • Lab Technician
  • Principal Investigator
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant
  • Corporate Manager
  • PhD Student
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Engineer or Software Engineer
  • Teaching Fellow

Certificate of attendance
All webinar participants can request a certificate of attendance, including a learning outcomes summary, for continuing education purposes.

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