Professor Laurence A. Nafie is giving a course on Raman scattering

Laurence A. Nafie is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biology in Department of Chemistry of Syracuse University and the Editor in chief of Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. Research in the Nafie-Freedman group is focused on the development and application of Raman spectroscopy and vibrational optical activity (VOA). He is now giving a course named “Theory, Measurement, Calculation and Recent Advances of Raman Scattering and Raman Optical Activity” in the conference room of State Key lab of Catalysis from June 23 to July 9. The purpose of this course is to present the basic principles of to the current state-of-the-art in Raman scattering and Raman optical activity (ROA). Students taking this course should have already had courses at the graduate or undergraduate level in analytical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy.  A general background in quantum mechanics and quantum chemistry is assumed to cover explanations of the physical basis of the techniques studied. It is assumed that students will be able to learn and develop an understanding of the course content both in class and independently outside of class. 

Lecture Topics




Wednesday June 23

Introduction to Vibrational Spectroscopy – Force Fields and Normal Modes of Vibration

Friday June 25

Classical Theory of Raman Scattering – Invariants, Depolarization Ratios and Scattering Geometries

Tuesday June 29

Vibronic Theory of Raman Scattering – Far-from-Resonance, Near Resonance and Strong Resonance (Single and Dual State) Limits


Friday July 2

Introduction to Raman Optical Activity Forms of ROA, Invariants, Scattering Geometries and Measurement Strategies

Vibronic Theory of ROA, Far-from-Resonance, Near Resonance and Strong Resonance (Single and Dual State) Limits

Monday July 5

Measurement and Raman and ROA Spectra – Optical-Electronic Layouts and Design for ICP, SCP and DCP ROA measurement

Wednesday July 7

Calculation of Raman and ROA – Basic Formalism for Computation, Basis Sets, Functionals and Solvents Effects

Friday July 9

Current Research and Current Trends in ROA – Review of Current Literature and Advances within the Past Two Years


A general lecture on

Vibrational Optical Activity: Principles and Recent Applications

will be given in the institute hall in June 30and discussions with students will be among the schedule.



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