Building Blocks of Quantum Matter (Undergraduate)
- The Universe is both light and dark. In this course, we focus on the light and what its spectral content can teach us about the elemental and molecular composition of luminous objects (stars, clouds, lamps, etc.) in space and on Earth. In order to answer this question we have to go well beyond what was taught in the Quantum Mechanics courses about the energy-level structure of the Hydrogen atom and learn about multi-electron atoms and simple molecules. Experimental data will guide us in the development of the theoretical concepts and models. We will discuss the very important role of symmetries, in particular in molecules.