Frontiers in Spectroscopy

Chemical Physics 8880.01 and 8808.02

Spring 2016

Instructor: Sherwin Singer  Phone: 292-8909 
Office: 2106 Newman-Wolfrom  email:

Course Description: This course will provide students with an overview of topics on the frontier of spectroscopic research. It will exploit internationally renowned lecturers, as well as outstanding OSU faculty, to cover topics ranging from very fundamental to quite applied. General areas to be covered will include fundamental characteristics of molecular quantum structure, electromagnetics, new experimental techniques, remote sensing, ultra-high sensitivity analytical techniques, astrophysical applications, etc. It is planned that the course will be offered multiple times, with topics and speakers varying with each offering. The lecturers for the upcoming Winter quarter are listed below.

A feature of ChemPhys 8880 is a one hour "pre-lecture" discussion period led by an OSU faculty member. It is designed to help orient students to the readings, which they are expected to have read prior to the pre-lecture. Unless otherwise indicated, the pre-lecture will be held in ??? at 5:30pm on the Tuesdays of the weeks with lectures.

Each topic will be covered by lectures on Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9:35-10:55AM, in MP2017.

Thursdays discussions (designed for students only) will begin at 9:35-10:55AM on Thursdays in MP2017.

Prerequisites: a previous spectroscopy course at OSU in Chemistry or Physics or prior permission of the instructor

Required Text: None; suggested articles for reading will be supplied prior to the lecture on a given topic.

All readings and lecture notes will be kept current on Carmen. If you are enrolled for Frontiers this semester, you have your normal student login and password. If you are an advisor or post-doc and would like access to the readings and notes, email Becky Gregory,, and she will arrange for a login and password for this site.

The text below is for 2014 - this will be updated as information becomes available

List of speakers and dates scheduled:

January 28 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Walter Lempert
Readings for Azer Yalin lectures (access pdfs on Carmen):
1. A.P. Yalin, V. Surla, M. Butweiller, J.D. Williams "Detection of Sputtered Metals using Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy" Applied Optics 44, (30), pp. 6496-650 (2005)
2. Brian C. Lee, Azer P. Yalin, Alec Gallimore, Wensheng Huang and Hani Kamhawi "Real-Time Boron Nitride Erosion Measurements of the HiVHAc Thruster via Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy" IEPC-2013-119, 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference (2013)
3. A.P. Yalin, R.N. Zare, C.O. Laux, C.H. Kruger "Spatial Profiles of N2+ Concentration in an Atmospheric Pressure Nitrogen Glow Discharge" Plasma Sources Science and Technology 11, (3), pp. 248-253 (2002)
4. C.L. Hagen, B.C. Lee, I.S. Franka, J. L. Rath, T.C. VandenBoer, J.M. Roberts, S.S. Brown and A. P. Yalin "Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy Sensor for Detection of Hydrogen Chloride" Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 6, 7217-7250 (2013)
5. Paul S. Johnston and Kevin K. Lehmann "Cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy using a broadband prism cavity and a supercontinuum source" Optics Express Vol. 16 15013 (2008)

January 29-31 Azer Yalin, Colorado State University

February 18 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Anne McCoy
Readings can be accessed on Carmen
February 19-21 Jon Hougen, NIST

February 25 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Dongping Zhong
Readings can be accessed on Carmen
February 27-28 Jun Ye, University of Colorado/JILA

March 25 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Terry A. Miller
Readings can be accessed on Carmen
March 26-28 Gary Douberly, University of Georgia

April 1 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Manfred Winnewisser
Readings (access pdfs on Carmen)
April 2-4 John Pearson Jet Propulsion Lab

Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory options: Class attendance and participation

Letter grade option: Class attendance and participation plus term paper

(Grades will be assigned solely by OSU faculty.)  

(3 hours) Call number 25193 for ChemPhys 8880.01 (S/U option)

(3 hours) Call number 25194 for ChemPhys 8880.02 (graded option)

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