Summer Semester 2020

The 2020 summer semester runs from April 4th - September 30th 2020. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, many of the following courses will take place online. 

The online platform used by TU Dresden is called Opal. If you do not already have an Opal account, you can register for one here. Once you have access you will be able to view the course materials for some of the courses listed here.

General lecture: Solid State Theory

lecturer:Jun. Prof. Hong-Hao Tu
time:Wednesdays 14:50-16:20; Thursdays 13:00-14:30
location:Follow this link for news about online lectures. 
content:1. Structure and symmetry of crystalline solids. 2. Lattice vibrations and phonons. 3. Non-interacting electrons in solids. 4. Theory of electron transport. 5. Electrons in magnetic fields. 6. Interacting electrons and collective excitations.

format:Every 4th lecture will be a tutorial session.

General lecture: Theory of Frustrated Magnetism

lecturer:Prof. Matthias Vojta (TUD)
time:Mondays 11:10-12:40 , Thursdays 11:10-12:40 
location:Online materials available from Opal (see top of this page)

1. Local moments and microscopic models 2. Spin wave theory: collinear vs. non-collinear states 3. Classical degeneracies and order-by-disorder 4. Spin ice 5. Quantum spin liquids 6. Quenched disorder and glassiness 7. Frustration in metals 8. Quantum criticality and frustration

format:Every 4th lecture will be a tutorial session.

General lecture: Gauge Theories and Standard Model of Particle Physics

lecturer:Prof. Dr. Dominik Stöckinger, Dr. Hyejung Stöckinger-Kim, Dr. Arno Straessner (TUD)
time:Mondays 11:10-12:40, Mondays 14:50-16:20 
location:Online lectures. Please register with one of the lecturers.

The Standard Model of particle physics: non-Abelian gauge theories, confinement, asymptotic freedom, parton model, massive weak gauge bosons, Higgs mechanism, three generations of leptons and quarks

format:Every 4th lecture will be a tutorial session.

General lecture: Topological Insulators and Superconductors

lecturer:Dr. Dmitry Efremov
time:Mondays: 16:40-18:10. Tuesdays: 13:00-14:30. First lecture April 20th
location:Online course. Follow this link. Contact lecturer to obtain code.
content:Simple models of topological insulators in 1D and 2D. Physical and mathematical concepts: Berry phase, Chern invariants, chiral and helical edge states. Topological superconductors. Majoranas. Weyl materials.

General lecture: Nanostructured Materials

lecturer:Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti and Dr. Bergoi Ibarlucea (TUD)
time:Tuesdays 09:20-10:50; Wednesdays 13:00-14:30
location:Online course

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

Special lecture: Molecular Nanostructures

lecturer: Prof. Bernd Büchner
time:Mondays 09:20-10:50. First lecture April 6th.

Distance learning: "script, phone conversation, possibly video". See here for further information.

content:1. High resolution microscopy (TEM, STM) 2. Chemical bonds in molecular nanostructures 3. Synthesis and functionalization of molecular nanostructures 4. Physical properties and applications 5. Molecular magnetism 6. Transport properties of graphene 

Special lecture: Theoretical Biophysics

lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher, Prof. Dr. Stephan Grill
time:Tuesdays 11:10-12:40 Tutorial: Thursdays 14:50-15:35

Zoom. See here for details.


Statistical physics of polymers and membranes, active processes, stochastic motion in potential landscapes, dynamics of biological molecules