Frédéric Merkt: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Frédéric Merkt
FieldPhysikalische Chemie
Inst. Mol. Phys. Wiss.
ETH Zürich, HCI E 215
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 43 67
DepartmentChemistry and Applied Biosciences
RelationshipFull Professor

402-0551-00LLaser Seminar0 credits1ST. Esslinger, J. Faist, J. Home, A. Imamoglu, U. Keller, F. Merkt, H. J. Wörner
AbstractResearch colloquium
529-0427-00LElectron Spectroscopy Restricted registration - show details 1 credit2SF. Merkt
AbstractGroup seminar on electronic spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy.
ObjectiveGroup seminar on electronic spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy.
ContentGroup seminar on electronic spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy.
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation to this seminar must be discussed with the lecturer.
529-0431-AALPhysical Chemistry III: Molecular Quantum Mechanics Information
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.

This course does not offer a lecture of its own but it is linked to the course 529-0431-00L.
4 credits9RF. Merkt
AbstractPostulates of quantum mechanics, operator algebra, Schrödinger's equation, state functions and expectation values, matrix representation of operators, particle in a box, tunneling, harmonic oscillator, molecular vibrations, angular momentum and spin, generalised Pauli principle, perturbation theory, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, Born-Oppenheimer approximation.
ObjectiveThis is an introductory course in quantum mechanics. The course starts with an overview of the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics and introduces the mathematical formalism. The postulates and theorems of quantum mechanics are discussed in the context of experimental and numerical determination of physical quantities. The course develops the tools necessary for the understanding and calculation of elementary quantum phenomena in atoms and molecules.
ContentPostulates and theorems of quantum mechanics: operator algebra, Schrödinger's equation, state functions and expectation values. Linear motions: free particles, particle in a box, quantum mechanical tunneling, the harmonic oscillator and molecular vibrations. Angular momentum: electronic spin and orbital motion, molecular rotations. Electronic structure of atoms and molecules: the Pauli principle, angular momentum coupling, the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Variational principle and perturbation theory. Discussion of bigger systems (solids, nano-structures).
LiteratureAtkins, Peter W., and Ronald Friedman. Molecular Quantum Mechanics. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Townsend, John Sealy, and John S. Townsend. A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics. 2nd ed. Mill Valley, Calif: University Science Books, 2012.
529-0441-00LSignal Processing Information 6 credits3GF. Merkt, U. Hollenstein
AbstractIntroduction of the basics of signal processing in spectroscopy. Fourier transformation, linear response theory, stochastic signals, digital data processing, Fourier spectroscopy.
ObjectiveBasics of signal processing in spectroscopy
ContentFourier series, Fourier transformation, Laplace transformation, delta functions, linear system theory. Basic concepts of electronics: electronic noise, modulation, filters, lock-in amplifier. Stochastic signals: parameters of random variables, characterization of stochastic processes, correlation functions, random signals in the frequency domain. Digital data processing: sampling processes, A/D conversion, discrete Fourier transformation, apodisation, digital filters.
529-0479-00LTheoretical Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics1 credit2SF. Merkt, M. Reiher, J. Richardson, R. Signorell, H. J. Wörner
AbstractSeminar on theoretical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and dynamics.
529-0489-00LIntroduction to the Construction of Measurement Devices in Physical Chemistry Restricted registration - show details 2 credits2PF. Merkt
AbstractBasic concepts of the construction of instrumentation in physical chemistry. Practical exercises in mechanical manufacturing.
ObjectiveKennenlernen der Grundlagen der Konstruktion von physikalisch-chemischen Messinstrumenten. Praktische Übungen in mechanischer Konstruktion. Befähigung zum selbstständigen Arbeiten (Zeichnungslesen, Drehen, Fräsen, Bohren).
Lecture notesUnterlagen in der ersten Stunde verteilt.
Prerequisites / NoticeZugang mit Bewilligung des Dozenten
529-0499-00LPhysical Chemistry0 credits1KM. Reiher, A. Barnes, G. Jeschke, B. H. Meier, F. Merkt, J. Richardson, R. Riek, S. Riniker, T. Schmidt, R. Signorell, H. J. Wörner
AbstractInstitute-Seminar covering current research Topics in Physical Chemistry