KEB-65157 Experimental Optical Spectroscopy, 5 cr

Additional information

The aim of the course is to get familiar with basic principals used to build instruments for modern spectroscopy studies, and to discover great opportunities and principal limitations of the optical spectroscopy methods.

Suitable for postgraduate studies.

Person responsible

Nikolai Tkachenko


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
KEB-65157 2019-01 2 Nikolai Tkachenko

Learning Outcomes

The course consists of two parts: lectures and laboratory works. The lecture part is aimed to build up understanding of principles of modern optical spectroscopy including ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy; knowledge of what and how can be studied by optical spectroscopy; ability to evaluate key features and parameters of spectroscopy instruments, e.g. for single molecule detection or femtosecond time resolution. The laboratory part is designed to gain personal experience in conducting spectroscopy measurements using state-of-the-art instruments.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. An introduction to optics and optical measurements     
2. Advanced presentation of main techniques used in optical spectroscopy experiments, including steady state spectrophotometers and fluorimeters, and numerous time-resolved techniques such as femtosecond pump-probe and up-conversion, picosecond time correlated single photon counting, nanosecond flash photolysis and others.     
3. An overview of methods of analysis of the results of spectroscopy measurements     
4. Optical spectroscopy measurements: prepare samples, conduct the measurements, and analyze the results     

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Book   Optical Spectrocopy: Methods and Instrumentation   Nikolai V. Tkachenko   978-0-444-52126-2     Introduction to optical spectroscopy measurements and description of main steady state and time-resolved spectroscopy techniques   Yes   
Book   Photochemistry laboratory works   N. Tkachenko, E. Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, T.-P. Ruoko       Descriptions and instructions for the laboratory works   No   
Lecture slides   Experimental optical spectroscopy   Nikolai Tkachenko       lecture presentation slides   Yes   

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
KEB-65157 Experimental Optical Spectroscopy, 5 cr KEB-65156 Experimental Optical Spectroscopy, 4 cr  

Updated by: Laine Marja-Liisa, 06.03.2019