FYI: free online course on hyperfine interactions (2020 edition)

Marcello Pavan marcello at
Thu Feb 6 11:06:44 PST 2020

On 12 February 2020, a new edition of<> will start. It is a free open online course about the physics of hyperfine interactions and experimental methods based thereupon. You can take this course self-paced at any time of the year, or - if you start on Feb 12 or before - you can take it in sync with students at Ghent University. In the latter case, you can ask questions and get feedback just as these students do.
The course is scheduled for 12 weeks, and requires about 5 hours of work per week. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding, less on mathematical derivations. The level is advanced bachelor or (early) master. A general science background at bachelor level is the expected entry level.

This is the list of topics covered:
the nucleus
the physics framework (classical/quantum)
electric monopole shift
magnetic hyperfine interaction
electric quadrupole interaction
laser spectroscopy
Mössbauer spectroscopy
synchrotron radiation methods
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR, a.k.a. MRI)
nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR)
ENDOR (Electron Nuclear DOuble Resonance)
electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)
low-temperature nuclear orientation (LTNO)
NMR on oriented nuclei (NMR/ON)
perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC)

Students get every week a set of videos, with associated tasks. Reports are submitted 24 hours before the weekly feedback webinar. During this weekly webinar, common problems encountered in the tasks are discussed, and questions raised by students during the past week are addressed. The webinars are livestreamed and recorded for later use.
If you want to offer this course as a formal course to students at your place, please get in touch and we’ll see how this can be organized.
Feel free to have a look at<>. A short registration is required (temporarily or permanent, as you wish), after which you have access to all material.
You receive this one-time email because you are known to be interested in hyperfine interactions, or because you have been previously registered as a student in this course.
Yours sincerely,
Stefaan Cottenier
Ghent University
Stefaan Cottenier
Department of Electrical Energy, Metals, Mechanical Constructions and Systems &
Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM)
Ghent University
Tech Lane Ghent Science Park – Campus A
Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 46
BE-9052 Zwijnaarde
check my MOOCs:<><>
my conference talks on Youtube:<>
for China:<><><>

email: stefaan.cottenier at<mailto:stefaan.cottenier at>

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