Chemistry 988, Fall Semester 2017

Introduction to Nonlinear Spectroscopy

Professor Warren F. Beck

office: 3 Chemistry
contact: see directory listing
web: research, Chemistry department brochure page (pdf)


Syllabus (pdf)

This course will provide an introduction to the theory for nonlinear spectroscopy with applications to condensed phase and biophysical systems. The goal is to provide the student with enough theory to start research projects in femtosecond spectroscopy. Diagrammatic methods will be introduced that allow an initial understanding especially of third-order spectroscopy, including pump-probe and two-dimensional experiments.


Lectures: start 30 August 2017


  1. linear and nonlinear spectroscopy; spectroscopic line shapes
  2. density matrix: coherences and populations
  3. diagrammatic methods: double-sided Feynman diagrams, Albrecht WMEL
  4. experiments: linear absorption, SHG, third-order (pump-probe, 2D)
  5. numerical simulations using the multimode Brownian oscillator model
  6. student projects

Course Materials

Peter Hamm and Martin Zanni, Concepts and Methods of 2D Infrared Spectroscopy. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Purchase of the text by Hamm and Zanni is suggested but not required; it provides background and an introductory coverage of much of the course outline. Additional materials will be made available at the course's D2L website.