Summer term 2017

The 2017 lecture courses run from April 3rd - June 2nd and from June 12th - July 15th. The following lectures are offered:

General lecture: Theoretical Femtosecond Physics

lecturer:PD Dr. F Grossmann (TUD)
time:Mondays: 11:10-12:40; Wednesdays: 13:00-14:30
location:BZW A120 Zellescher Weg 17

Introduction to the theory of lasers, time-dependent quantum mechanics, atom-laser interactions, above-threshold and multi-photon ionization, high-harmonic-order generation, molecule-laser interactions, femtosecond spectroscopy, coherent control, quantum computing

format:every 4th lecture will be a discussion of the problem sets


General lecture: Theory of Frustrated Magnetism

lecturer:Prof. Matthias Vojta (TUD)
time:Mondays: 13:00-14:30; Fridays: 13:00-14:30
location:BZW A120 Zellescher Weg 17

Frustrated Magnetism is one of the most active research area of modern condensed matter physics. Frustration refers to a situation where the contributions to the potential energy of a many-many body system cannot be simultaneously minimized, a prime example being a antiferromagnetic Ising model on a triangular lattice. Frustration is the source of many novel phases - in particular novel forms of disorder - and exciting phenomena connected to them, such as quantum number fractionalization. Frustrated magnets can e.g. display spin-liquid phases, with a deep connection to topological states of matter.

The lecture will give an introduction to the field, primarily from a theoretical and conceptual perspective. It will cover general ideas, concrete models for frustrated magnets, theoretical methods such as spin-wave theory, parton constructions, and gauge fields, as well as advanced topics. Relevant experimental observations will be discussed as well.

format:Every 4th lecture will be a tutorial session

General lecture: One-Dimensional Physics: From Quantum Wires to Quantum Field Theory

lecturer:Dr. Tobias Meng (TUD)
time:Mondays: 16:40-18:10; Wednesdays: 14:50-16:20
location:M: BZW A120 Zellescher Weg 17 W: SE2 Room 122 Zellescher Weg 20

This lecture will explain how one-dimensional systems can be analysed theoretically, and how dramatically different they are from two- and three-dimensional systems. We will cover exciting physical phenomena such as spin-charge separation, understand in what sense bosons, fermions, and spins are the same in one dimension, and provide an introduction to the field theoretical description of one-dimensional systems, as well as the renormalisation group approach.

format:Every 4th lecture will be an exercise class.

General lecture: Many-body theory of finite systems

lecturer:Prof. Ruediger Schmidt (TUD)
time:Tuesdays 11:10-12:40 , Thursdays 13:00-14:30 
location:BZW A120 Zellescher Weg 17

1. Liquid drop model 2. Wave function methods (Hartree,Hartree-Fock,Configuration interaction,etc.) 3. Density functional theory(DFT) 4. Time dependent DFT.

format:Every 4th lecture will be an exercise class.

General lecture: Nanostructured Materials

lecturer:Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti and Dr. Larysa Baraban (TUD)
time:Tuesdays 09:20-10:50; Wednesdays 13:00-14:30
location:Tuesday: Georg Schumann Bau A216; Wednesdays Mollier Bau 213

The course deals with the physical properties of nanostructured materials and their fabrication. The course is accompanied by lab classes. The following topics are discussed:

  • scaling laws, mesoscopic systems, quantum effects
  • synthesis of clusters and nanotubes
  • density of states and electron transport in low-dimensional systems
  • theoretical foundations of scanning tunnelling microscopy, atomic force microscopy, chemical atomic force microscopy, and near-field scanning optical microscopy
  • nanostructuring via electron beam lithography, optical lithography, and scanning probe techniques
  • giant magnetoresistance, single-electron devices
  • microfluidics and colloids
  • lab classes


format:Lectures on Tuesdays. Exercise class on Wednesdays.


Special lecture: Introductory Bionanotechnology

lecturer:Dr. Julian Thiele (TUD)
time:Wednesdays (even weeks) 14.50-16.20; Wednesdays (odd weeks) 16.40-18.10
location:Max Bergmann Centre for Biomaterials, Seminar room 1

The topics of the lecture course, in brief:

    • Cytoskeleton and cellular machines from an engineering perspective
    • Biosensors based on nanomaterials
    • Microscopy: From basics to super-resolution
    • Synthetic biology and artificial life
    • DNA-based Nanotechnology
    • BioMEMS and BioNEMS
    • Biomicrofluidics: Continuous flow and emulsions
    • 3D printing

Special lecture: Molecular Nanostructures

lecturer:Prof. Bernd Buechner (IFW and TUD)
time:Mondays: 09:20-10:50

The lecture will address the following apects of molecular nanostructures: - High resolution microscopy (TEM, STM ...) - Chemical bonds in molecular nanostructures - Synthesis and functionalisation of molecular nanostructures - Physical properties and applications of molecular nanostructures - Molecular magnetism - Transport properties of graphene

Special lecture: Fluctuations and transport in biology

lecturer:Prof. Stephan Grill (TUD) and Vasily Zaburdaev (MPI-PKS)
time:Wednesdays: 11:10-12:40
location:MPI-PKS SR03

Topic covered in the lecture will include: transport phenomena (diffusion, convection, ballistic, passive and active), stochastic processes (random walks, Fokker-Planck and master equations), anomalous diffusion (sub- and super- and fractional Brownian motion) and then various applications to biology including motility of cells and bacteria, molecular motors, active nuclear transport and chemotaxis.

Special lecture: Molecular Aggregates

lecturer:Dr. Alexander Eisfeld (MPI-PKS)
time:Tuesdays: 14:50-16:20
location:Seminar building 2 Room 122

Examples of aggregates (photosynthesis, artificial light harvesting units) Electronic excitation transfer Absorption of light Coupling to vibrational degrees of freedom Disorder (Anderson localization) Non-linear optical properties

Special seminar: Quantum information and open quantum systems

lecturer:Prof. Walter Strunz (TUD)
time:Wednesdays: 11:10-12:40
location:BZW A120 Zellescher Weg 17

Special lecture: Modern Aspects of Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

lecturer:Jun. Prof. Dmytro Inosov (TUD) and PD Dr. Oliver Stockert (CPfS)
time:Thursdays: 09:20-10:50
location:D16 Recknagel-Bau

The lectures will cover modern aspects of various x-ray and neutron scattering methods at large-scale facilities (synchrotrons and neutron sources). These will include elastic and inelastic x-ray scattering, resonant x-ray scattering, neutron diffraction, inelastic neutron scattering, polarized neutron scattering, neutron spin-echo spectroscopy.