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Fundamentals and applications of He nanodroplets doped with atoms or molecules

ECTS credits:

Individual allocation for each participant reflecting the hours spent on the course and the active engagement. We expect the typical amount of ECTS will be between 5 and 10.


Course parameters:

Language:  English

Level of course: PhD course

Time of year: Fall semester 2020, possibly extending into spring semester 2021

No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like:  We expect to meet every second week for a 2-hour session, which will involve a lecture and discussion. The preparations for these sessions are substantial in terms of reading pertinent literature.

Capacity limits: No limits


Objectives of the course:

To give the participants a comprehensive understanding of helium nanodroplets, in particular droplets doped with atoms and molecules, based on a thorough review of key research articles.

 In addition to students explicitly working with He droplets in their PhD or Masters projects, the course is relevant and (hopefully) interesting for all students with an interest in fundamental and topical atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) and physical chemistry.


Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

- Explain and understand the fundamental (unique) properties of He nanodroplets

- Account for doping of atoms and molecules in (on) He nanodroplets

- Understand the electronic, vibrational and rotational structure of molecules in He nanodroplets

- Be familiar with various experimental methods used to study doped He nanodroplets

- Be familiar with recent time-resolved experiments, including the interaction with (strong) optical fs laser pulses and pulses from free-electron lasers


Compulsory programme:

Active participation including oral presentation of parts of the curriculum


Course contents (preliminary):

1.     Fundamentals of He nanodroplets, spectroscopy techniques

2.     Manipulation of doped He nanodroplets using static electric fields

3.     Formation of exotic complexes by He nanodroplet aggregation

4.     Interaction of He nanodroplets with XUV radiation

5.     Interatomic Coulombic decay processes in / on He nanodroplets

6.     Strong-field ionization of (doped) He nanodroplets

7.     Electron-impact spectroscopy of dopants in He nanodroplets

8.     Coherent diffraction imaging of pure and doped He nanodroplets

9.     Molecule dynamics in / on He nanodroplets (Marcel)



A background in physics, chemistry, or nano, corresponding to a completed (or ongoing) Masters program


Name of lecturers:

Marcel Mudrich

Henrik Stapelfeldt

External speakers

Student participants


Type of course/teaching methods:

Lectures followed and interrupted by discussions



Research articles, including review papers


Course homepage:



Course assessment:

Based on active participation



Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and Astronomy



Will be coordinated by the participants



To be announced







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