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 2136NW 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 MP2015.

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 2016 - this will be updated as information becomes available

List of speakers and dates scheduled:

February 16 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Lou DiMauro
Readings for Linda Young lectures (access pdfs on Carmen):

1. Imaging Atomic Structure and Dynamics with Ultrafast X-ray Scattering, K. J. Gaffney and H. N. Chapman, Science, Vol. 316, 8 June 2007, pg 1444
2. X-ray FEL shines brightly, S. Jamison, Nature Photonics, Vol. 4, September 2010.
3. Beyond crystallography: Diffractive imaging using coherent x-ray light sources, J. Miao, T. Ishikawa, I. K. Robinson, M. M. Murnane, Science, 2015, 10.1126/science/aab0097

February 17-19 Linda Young, Argonne National Lab

February 23 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Dongping Zhong
Readings can be accessed on Carmen

1. Kohler, B., Nonradiative Decay Mechanisms in DNA Model Systems, invited Perspective article, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, 1, 2047-2053. 2. Zhang, Y.; Dood, J.; Beckstead, A. A.; Li, X.-B.; Nguyen, K. V.; Burrows, C. J.; Improta, R. Efficient UV-induced charge separation and recombination in an 8-oxoguanine-containing dinucleotide, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2014, 111, 11612-11617.
3. Kohler, B., Excited States of Single-Stranded DNA Revealed by Femtosecond Transient Absorption Spectroscopy, in Ultrafast Biomolecular Dynamics at the Nanoscale, Eds. S. Haacke and I. Burghardt, Pan Stanford Publishing, Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2015, in press.
4. Zhang, Y.; de La Harpe, K.; Beckstead, A. A.; Improta, R.; Kohler, B. UV-induced Proton Transfer Between DNA Strands, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 7059-7062.

February 24-26 Bern Kohler, Montana State University

March 8 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Robert Baker
Readings can be accessed on Carmen

1. Real-time observation of valence electron motion, E. Goulielmakis, Z.-H. Loh, A. Wirth, R. Santra, N. Rohringer, V. S. Yakovlev, S. Zherebtsov, T. Pfeifer, A. M. Azzeer, M. F. Kling, S. R. Leone, F. Krausz, Nature Letters, Vol 466, 2010, doi:10.1038/nature09212.
2. Attosecond band-gap dyanmics in silicon, M. Schultze, K. Ramasesha, C. D. Pemmaraju, S. Z. Sato, D. Whitmore, A. Gandman, J. S. Press, L. J. Borja, D. Prendergast, K. Yabana, D. M. Neumark, S. R. Leone, Science, Vol. 346, 2014, pg 1348.
3. Probing ultrafast dynamics with attosecond transient absorption, A. R. Beck, D. M. Neumark, S. R. Leone, Chem. Phys. Lett. Vol. 624, 2015, pg. 119.

March 9-11 Stephen Leone, University of California, Berkeley

March 22 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Jay Gupta
Readings can be accessed on Carmen

1. The Electronic Properties of Superatom States of Hollow Molecules, M. Feng, J. Zhao, T. Huang, X. Zhu, H. Petek, Accounts of Chemical Research, Vol. 44, 2011, pg. 360. 10.1021/ar1001445
2. A chemical and theoretical way to look at bonding on surfaces, R. Hoffmann, Rev. Mod. Phys., Vol. 60, 1988.
3. Transient excitons at metal surfaces, X. Cui, C. Wang, A. Argondizzo, S. Garrett-Roe, B. Gumhalter, H. Petek, Nature Physics Letters, 2014, doi: 10.1038/nphys2981.

March 23-25 Hrvoje Petek, University of Pittsburgh

April 5 - 5:30pm-6:30pm in 2136 Newman-Wolfrom - Pre-Lecture discussion by Sherwin Singer
Readings (access pdfs on Carmen)

1. Vibrational Spectroscopy a Probe of Structure and Dynamics in Liquid Water, H. J. Bakker, J. L. Skinner, Chem. Rev. Vol. 110, 2010, pg. 1498.
2. Development and Validation of Transferable Amide I Vibrational Frequency Maps for Peptides, L. Wang, C. T. Middleton, M. T. Zanni, J. L. Skinner, J. Phys. Chem., 2011,
3. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Water at Interfaces, J. L. Skinner, P. A. Pieniazek, S. M. Gruenbaum, Accounts of Chemical Research, Vol. 45, 2012, pg. 93. 10.1021/ar200122a

April 6-8 James Skinner University of Wisconsin

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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