November 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm | | seminars

Just saw a really entertaining talk by Eric Heller about semiclassical approaches to spectroscopy. For instance, he demonstrated how the Franck-Condon factor combined with a wave-packet approach yields high-resolution spectra of electronic transitions. The movies were really beautiful.

Also, he was able to apply to missing-mode effect to why humans hear an apparent tone in a rung bell that isn’t one of the actual frequencies.

It was nice to hear a reasonable and enlightening talk that is simply one scientist’s viewpoint.

P.S. He mentioned this as a good place to find cool physics applets.

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