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Special Issue "Practical Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Christian G. Parigger

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN, USA
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Interests: laser-induced plasma; atomic spectroscopy; molecular spectroscopy; time-resolved spectroscopy; determination of plasma parameters; nanoparticle enhanced plasma diagnostics; astrophysical applications; experimental and theoretical and computational plasma physics; ultra-short plasma diagnostics; laser ablation; laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy; shock waves; plasma dynamics; analytical plasma chemistry; nonequilibrium fluid physics; combustion
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Robert Splinter

Department of Physics and Optical Science, University of North Caolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA
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Interests: diagnostic and physiologic imaging and sensing; Femto- and subfemto- second laser-matter interactions; computational modeling; laser spectroscopy fundamentals; laser and light scattering diagnostics; radiation transfer; equilibrium and non-equilibrium fluid physics; spectroscopic imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue on Practical Applications of Molecular Specrtoscopy is currenly accepting papers for publication. Some of the feature topics that are considered are the recent technological advances in instrumentation design and development, devices and systems, as well as the theoretical background for analysis next to the fundamental computational background of the spectroscopic mechanisms used for diagnosis and investigations. Molecular characterization can be potentially and appropriately performed non-invasively, nondestructively, in-situ, respectively, and in-vivo for biological applications. The minimal interaction with the test objects will preserve the integrity of the object. Furthermore, time resolved analyses can provide dynamical behavior based on the transient spectroscopic features, including emission spectroscopy or pump–probe techniques, to name two examples. Third, molecular spectroscopy systems can now be made portable, operating on battery power alone, with no direct requirements for main power connection. The precise transition frequencies of measured spectral bands can be predicted from quantum mechanical modeling. Recorded data can be used both for the determination of the inherent structure of respective molecules and for the evaluation of frequencies and intensities of other spectral lines or “fingerprints” of the traget composition.

For this Special Issue, the following focus areas, among others, are invited for contribution as original experiments and theoretical research:

  • Characterization of molecules of particular interest as well as the ambient pressure and temperature of its microscopic and macroscopic environment;
  • Molecular transition analyses;
  • Quatum physics phenomena and theoretical description;
  • Rotational and vibrational spectra;
  • Electronic transitions;
  • The use of polychromatic or monochromatic excitation sources;
  • Franck–Condon principle;
  • Gravitational waves;
  • Diatomic emission spectroscopy;
  • Equilibrium and non-equilibrium distributions of atomic and molecular species.

Assoc. Prof. Christian G. Parigger
Assoc. Prof. Robert Splinter
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Detection of molecules in the Earth's stratosphere, other planetary atmospheres, in addition to the interstellar medium
  • Molecular spectroscopy
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy
  • Determination of plasma parameters
  • Forensic pathology diagnostics
  • Biological diagnostics and pathological feature recognitions, such as disease labels
  • Astrophysical applications
  • Theoretical phenomena modeling
  • Ultra-short molecular phenomena diagnostics
  • Laser and other energetic ablation
  • Pollution
  • Mining—carbon fuels, ores, precious stones
  • Shock waves
  • Raman spectroscopy of hypersonic shock waves
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy of shock waves in gases, plasmas—molecular diagnosis

Published Papers

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