Group theory in chemistry

16 November 2016
Kieran Calvert

I will try to give a brief description of the use of group theory and character theory in chemistry, specifically vibrational spectroscopy. Defining the group associated to a molecule, how one would construct a representation corresponding to such a molecule and the character table associated to this. Then, time permitting, I will go in to the deconstruction of the data from spectroscopy; finding such a group and hence molecule structure.