Elementary Processes in Molecular Systems
Module version of SS 2017
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 2021||SS 2020||SS 2019||SS 2018||SS 2017||WS 2013/4|
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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||40 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2187 in the version of SS 2017 was Philipp Scherer.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Fermi's Golden Rule
radiative (absorption, fluorescence)
radiationless (internal conversion, intersystem crossing)
Coherent electronic excitations
( molecular aggregates, polymers)
Incoherent energy transfer
(Marcus' Theory, charge transfer in DNA)
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
|VO||2||Elementary Processes in Molecular Systems||Scherer, P.||
Thu, 12:00–14:00, PH 2271
|UE||2||Exercise to Elementary Processes in Molecular Systems||Scherer, P.||dates in groups|
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
Scherer, Fischer, Theoretical molecular physics
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of 25 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- explain intramolecular processes with an Jablonski diagram
- Solve the time dependent Schrödinger equation with the time evolution operator
- apply the model of displaced harmonic oscillators to an optical transition
- discuss the role of the reorganisation energy
- describe the absorption spectrum of a molecular dimer
- which factors are important for intermolecular energy transfer
- explain Marcus' electron transfer theory qualitatively
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.