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Elementary Processes in Molecular Systems

Module PH2187

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 2013/4

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 2022SS 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018SS 2017WS 2013/4

Basic Information

PH2187 is a semester module in German or 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 Biophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2187 in the version of WS 2013/4 was Philipp Scherer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Fermi's Golden Rule
Electron-Phonon coupling

Intramolecular transitions:
radiative (absorption, fluorescence)
radiationless (internal conversion, intersystem crossing)

Coherent electronic excitations
( molecular aggregates, polymers)

Incoherent energy transfer
(Förster-transfer,  disorder)

Electron transfer
(Marcus' Theory, charge transfer in DNA)

Proton transfer

Learning Outcome

After the course, the participants are able to describe elementary processes in molecular systems on the basis of quantum mechanics.

They are able to describe elementary models for coherent and incoherent energy transfer, electron and proton transfer and to apply these to molecular systems.


elementary quantum mechanics

The lecture "quantum methods for molecular systems" is complementary but not a requirement

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture-style mediation of knowledge

interactive applets visualizing functional dependencies (individual online  studies)

extra materials for more details (individual studies)


Blackboard and projector

Java applets and extra material online

lecture notes online


lecture notes

Scherer, Fischer, Theoretical molecular physics

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Exam to Elementary Processes in Molecular Systems
Mon, 2023-09-18 till 23:55 Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin zwischen 18.09.2023 und 21.10.2023. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date between 2023-Sep-18 and 2023-Oct-21. till 2023-09-17
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