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The 2017-2018 winter lecture courses run from October 9th - December 20th 2017 and from January 4th - February 3rd 2018. The following lectures are offered:

General lecture: Theory of superconductivity

lecturer: Prof. C. Timm (TUD)
time:Mondays 11:10-12:40, Thursdays 09:20-10:50 

* electrodynamics of superconductors: London theory * Ginzburg-Landau theories, Anderson-Higgs mechanism * vortices * origin of the electron-electron attraction * Cooper instability and BCS theory * experimental consequences of Cooper pairing * Josephson effects * Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory for inhomogeneous superconductors * unconventional superconductors, cuprates and pnictides * Andreev scattering and Andreev bound states * topological superconductors

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

General lecture: Geometry and topology in quantum physics

lecturer: Prof. J. Budich (TUD)
time:Mondays 16:40-18:10, Tuesdays 14:50-16:20 
location:BZW A120 Zellescher Weg 17 (Mondays) SE2/103 (Tuesdays)

In this lecture, we discuss the role of geometry and topology in quantum physics. We start with a both phenomenological and formal treatment of geometric (Berry) phases. Building up on these concepts, we study in the framework of quantum many-body physics the theory of topological phases such as topological insulators and superconductors as well as bosonic symmetry protected topological phases.

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

General lecture: Chaos in higher-dimensional systems

lecturer:Prof. Dr. A. Bäcker (TUD)
time:Mondays 11:10-12:40 , Tuesdays 11:10-12:40 
location:BZW A120 Zellescher Weg 17

Many physical systems of interest have more than two degrees of freedom which can lead to highly complicated dynamical behavior. Examples are the solar system, atoms and molecules or particle accelerators. In this course we give a general introduction to the dynamics of such higher--dimensional systems. Central for the understanding are invariant objects like fixed points, periodic trajectories, invariant tori, and stable and unstable manifolds. So-called non-linear resonances play a crucial role as they are at the heart of the famous Arnold diffusion, which exclusively occurs in higher-dimensional systems. The course will be based both on rigorous mathematical results (including ideas of their proofs), and results of numerical investigations.

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

Special lecture: Many-body quantum dynamics in and out of equilibrium: from thermalization to new types of order

lecturer:Dr. André Eckardt, Dr. Markus Heyl, Prof. Roderich Moessner (MPI PKS)
time:Thursdays 16:40-18:10 12.10.17-25.01.18
location:MPI PKS Seminar Room 1

ETH, Thermalization in integrable systems, Anderson localization, MBL, Floquet incl. Floquet topological insulators, heating in periodically driven quantum systems, discrete time crystals

Special lecture: Magnetism on the nanoscale

lecturer:Prof. B. Büchner, Dr. J. Dufouleur, Dr. T. Mühl (IFW)
time:Mondays 16:40-18:10 from 09.10.17
location:IFW D2E.32

Nanomagnets, spin dynamics, spin dependent transport

Special lecture: Superconductivity II

lecturer:Prof. B. Büchner, H. J. Grafe and C. Heß (IFW)
time:Mondays 11:10-12:40 from 09.10.17
location:IFW D2E.27

Materials: cuprates and iron pnictides; experimental probes: ARPES, tunnelling spectroscopy and NMR; unconventional superconductivity: discussion of d wave pairing and s+- energy gap.

Special lecture: Condensed matter spectroscopy

lecturer:Dmytro Inosov
time:Wednesdays 09:20-10:50
content:The goal of the lecture is to present modern spectroscopic methods with examples (e. g. in the area of magnetism). The methods presented are: photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray spectroscopy, neutron scattering, magnetic resonance techniques, Mössbauer spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, ion beam analysis, mass spectroscopy, tunnel spectroscopy

Special lecture: Atmospheric physics

lecturer:Holger Kantz
time:Thursdays 11:10-12:40
location:SR03 MPIPKS
content:An introduction to the physical foundations of the dynamics and the statistical properties of the lower atmosphere, i.e., related to weather and climate. Keywords: Energy balance, global circulation system, vertical profiles, equations of motion (= primitive equations), zonal phenomena (El Nino, jet stream, Rosby waves), numerical weather forecasts, cloud microphysics.