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Spectroscopy for planetary exploration 7.5 credits

Spektroskopi för planetarisk utforskning
Second cycle, F7015R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space and Atmospeheric Science
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology
Main field of study
Space Technology

Entry requirements

Basic knowledge in mathematics and physics on the BSc level. Basic courses in physics equivalent to 22.5 credits, for example three courses of: Physics 1 F0004T, Physics 2 F0005T, Physics 3 F0006T, Electromagnetic field theory F0007T Basic courses in mathematics corresponding to, for example, two courses of: Calculus M0029M, Linear Algebra and Calculus M0030M, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations M0031M.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

Knowledge and understanding
The student shall acquire knowledge about the atomic and molecular spectroscopy and its practical applications particularly in relation to the planetary atmospheres. After the course, the student shall apply this knowledge

Competences and skills 

The student shall show capability to critically and independently formulate the problems as well as perform calculations for the physical processes within the given time frame, that is done via problem solving . The student shall be able to motivate, plan and perform scientific experiments during the practical work. The student shall be able to critically select and evaluate relevant scientific and technical information within the subject via the literature survey. Ability and skills to present own results and arguments during international events are evaluated via presentation given in English. The student shall demonstrate social skills and be able to effectively work in a group.
Evaluation skills and viewpoint

Work during the seminars shall support the student in identification of further knowledge needs and taking responsibility for own knowledge progress. 

Introduction and principles of quantum mechanics. Symmetry and spectroscopy. Atomic spectra. Molecular rotations, selection rules, Raman spectroscopy. Molecular vibrations, selections rules. Spectroscopy principles and instruments in UV-visible spectrum, infrared, mm-wave spectra. Searching for habitability using spectroscopy.

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Lectures, seminars, project work and practical classes that give correct interpretation of the physical phenomena as well as training in experimental techniques, report writing in English and oral presentation in English.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

Examination is done via assignments, practical lab work with a lab-report and a project. the project work is examined by a written report and oral presentation.  In order to pass the course it is required that all compulsory moments are completed satisfactory. The final grade given for the course reflects the results obtained during the course compulsory moments. 

Mathias Milz

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Modern Spectroscopy,
ISBN 978-0470844168
4th. Ed.

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Project workU G#1.50MandatoryS20
0004Laboratory workG U 3 4 52.00MandatoryA21
0005Assignment reportG U 3 4 54.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2019

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2021