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Quantum Dynamics and Spectroscopy

Module CH3335

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Chemistry.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2020/1

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2021WS 2020/1SS 2020SS 2018

Basic Information

CH3335 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


1. Time-dependent Quantum Mechanics
2. Density-Matrix Formalism
3. Light-Matter Interaction
4. Response Theory
5. Multidimensional Spectroscopies (NMR, IR, UV/VIS)
6. Dynamical Spectroscopy
7. Computation of Spectroscopic Parameters

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the module students are able to list basic techniques and models of quantum dynamics, response theory, and time-dependent spectroscopy and state their qualitative concepts.
They know the use and contribution of these techniques to address chemical problems.
They can classify the applicability and limitations of the different techniques.
They are able to use the acquired methods to perform simple simulations.


The modules Mathematics (CH0105, CH0112), Quantum Mechanics (CH4108), and Molecular Structure and Statistical Mechanics (CH4113) from the TUM Chemistry Bachelor course. The module Advanced Programming and Numerical Methods (CH3331) from the theoretical chemistry Master program.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VI 4 Quantum Dynamics and Spectroscopy (CH3335) Ortmann, F. Mon, 11:00–13:00
Wed, 11:00–13:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture course with acompanying exercise classes in small tutor groups. The presence time in lectures and exercises is comparable in order to balance the acquisition of conceptual knowledge with that of practical skills. Lectures introduce the various topical units. The students deepen their understanding during guided self-study time, based on the material provided in the e-learning course. Practical exercises allow students to self-assess their competence level, apply their knowledge to jointly solve representative example problems, and receive immediate feedback from a tutor.


Scripts, e-learning course, exercise portfolio, blackboard, PowerPoint


1) G. C. Schatz and M. A. Ratner, Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry, Dover Publications
2) Karl Blum, Density Matrix Theory and Applications, Springer
3) Shaul Mukamel, Principles of Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy Oxford University Press

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Online-Proctored Exam (90 min). §13a APSO

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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