91239 - Materials Spectroscopy

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Assimo Maris

  • Credits 6

  • SSD CHIM/02

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials (cod. 9074)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2021 to Dec 21, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, knowing the fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy, the student is able to apply to the study of materials some spectroscopic techniques based on absorption/emission, light scattering, and magnetic properties.

Course contents

Radiation-matter interaction: fundamental principles of spectroscopy.

The crystalline state: crystalline structures, direct and reciprocal lattice.

Linear, planar and spatial space groups.

Quantum theory of solids, Bloch theorem and functions.

Elastic and inelastic scattering of photon and particles with mass.

Reticular motions, phonons, vibrational spectroscopy.

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

UV-visible spectroscopy and photoelectronics in solids.


C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. P. F. Bernath, Spectra of Atoms and Molecules. Oxford University Press, 1995. D.R.VI Handbook of Applied Solid-State Spectroscopy:, Springer-Verlag, 2003. H. Luth e H. Ibach. Solid-State Physics: An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science. Terza edizione, Springer-Verlag, 2003. J. M. Ziman. I Principi della Teoria dei Solidi, Tamburini Editore, 1975. H. Kuzmany. Solid-State Spectroscopy. Terza edizione, Springer-Verlag, 1998. J. I. Gersten and F. W. Smith, The Physics and Chemistry of materials, J. Wiley ans Sons, Inc. 2001, Canaa

Teaching methods

Lectures, numerical and computational exercises, Raman spectroscopy laboratory.

As concerns the teaching methods of this course unit, all students must attend Module 1, 2 on Health and Safety online:



Students must attend also Module 3 for specific training on Health and Safety in places of study. Information on dates and methods of Module 3 attendance can be found in the appropriate section of the degree program website.

Assessment methods

Oral examination.

Teaching tools

Blackboard (lectures and exercises) and video-projector.

Nomerical exercises.

Raman specroscopy laboratory.

Lecture notes.

Office hours

See the website of Assimo Maris