Environmental physics : theory and instrumentation

Published on December 16, 2015 Updated on February 22, 2017

Environmental physics is the study of the physical properties of molecules, chemical bonds between atoms, molecular structure, dynamics and spectroscopy.

Molecular Physics: theory and instrumentation
From July 3, 20178 to July 13, 2017 (2 weeks)

Environmental physics is dedicated to Master degree students (M1 and M2) and even doctoral (PhD) students. It could be open for Bachelor degree students (L3) with basic mathematic skills and particularly if they know some quantum physics or quantum chemistry.

Environmental physics is the study of physical properties of molecules, chemical bonds between atoms, molecular structure, dynamics and spectroscopy. It is a very important and lively research domain in France, both in theoretical and experimental aspects of molecular spectroscopy. This field has many applications in various disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, earth and planet atmospheres, remote-sensing, astrophysics… as well as industrial applications.

This course is addressed to a large variety of audience (physicists, chemists, biologists...) who want to acquire a general education in environmental physics. Courses will be given in English, by a pedagogical team consisting of a Directeur de recherches CNRS (Dr I. Kleiner) and a Maitre de Conférences at UPEC (Dr. P. Chelin) from the SPECAT team of the LISA laboratory. They are both deeply involved in the research at the international level and in many collaborations. Their research thematic is also highly related to the UPEC activities and related to the environment and spatial research.

The formation is divided into 3 connected parts:
theory (15h): Bases of group theory, molecular structure and symmetry, Fundamental concepts in molecular spectroscopy, and exercices.
instrumentation (15h): Bases of electromagnetic radiation, techniques of molecular infrared spectroscopy, exercises, and practical work with grating spectrometers, lasers,….
laboratory visits (3h) and possible measurement campaign using the OASIS ground-based observatory.

The originality of this project lies in :
a well balanced mixing of lectures, exercises, practical works and laboratory visits
a combination of theory and experiences
a set of various applications to other fields (astrophysics, atmosphere and biology).

To be updated soon

> Isabelle Kleiner
> Pascale Chelin