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Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students - Winter Semester 2022-23


TypeLab Course
InstructorProf. Dr. Kirill Bolotin
StartOct 20, 2022 | 10:00 AM

Welcome to the Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students, Winter 2022-2023 edition! The goal of the class is to learn the basics of modern experimental physics.  You will be working in a group with one or two other students. During the class, each group will carry out 6 experiments from different fields of physics. Each experiment will be supervised by a tutor. Tutors help with carrying our experiments and grade experimental reports completed after the experiment. In addition to reports, each group will deliver one seminar-style talk about their experiment to the entire class. Please enjoy the class and be safe!

Prerequisites: This class is hard! (yes, really) You should only take it if you took a similar class on a Bachelor's level. You should have experience with long-form scientific writing -- you will have to submit 6 lab reports, each report 10–15 pages long. You have to have experience in the areas of Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Statistical Physics (many experiments require a background in these subjects). Finally, you have to understand the basics of data analysis, such as error propagation, confidence intervals, fitting, etc... If you DO NOT have these prerequisites -- please do not take this class. Instead, register for "Preparatory Course to the Advanced Master Laboratory". This class is designed to give you this background and to prepare you for the Advanced Labs class next semester.


0. The class takes place in the presence form, unless the situation changes due to university regulations.

1. To participate in the class, you must register for it here. Using this link, you will be able to let me know your name, your preferred group partner, your preferred experiments, and special circumstances. Please answer by 16 October. 

2. Based on this information, I will create a list of groups and an experiment schedule (which will be posted online next week). 

3. There will be NO seminar/lectures during the first week of classes (the week of 17th October). Our first meeting will be during the seminar next Monday, 24th of October, 14:15-16:00 (in 1.3.14, Hörsaal A). During this meeting, we will talk about class structure and have a lecture on Scientific Integrity.

4. During our next Monday meeting, 31st October 2022 (same time, same audience as before) there will be a Lecture On Laboratory Safety.  Since Halloween is on that day, I will hold nothing against you if you show up wearing a costume :) Ralph Puettner will show some really spoooooky examples of what happens to you if you are unsafe during your experiments...

Very important: If you do not participate in the safety lecture, you cannot attend the course! So please DO make sure that you come and attend the lecture!

4. First experiments will start that week, on 3rd of November (Thursday). Remember: you have to contact your tutors in advance (contacts in the schedule excel file) and send them a quick write-up before the experiment. Also, you have to show up promptly for the experiment. 

5. During the lecture period of the class,  the following lectures will be held (in 1.3.14, Hörsaal A): Data Analysis (7th November, 14:15 -- 16). After a short pause, we will have students' talks on Mondays (2 talks per lecture) during which students will discuss their experiments. 


Prof. Kirill Bolotin 

Best contact: email (bolotin@physik.fu-berlin.de). You could also stop by my office (1.2.37), or call me (838-50900)



Experiments during the semester






Low Energy Electron Diffraction on Surfaces (LEED)



Pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)



Photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) 



Dynamical processes in lipid membranes



Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)



Raman Scattering [*]



Superconductivity [*]



Photoluminescence [*]



Auger Spectroscopy



Magnetooptic Kerr Effect and magnetic anisotropies (MOKE)


Ma14 Solid-state laser principles 0.1.29
Ma15 Electron Paramagnetic Resonance 0.4.07
Ma16 Femtosecond laser spectroscopy of coherent phonons FHI
Ma17 Formation of protein self-assembled monolayer monitored by Quartz Crystal Microbalance 0.1.16
Ma22 Electron transport in two-dimensional materials [*] 0.2.06

[*] Experiments marked with a star using the equipment in acting labs. Because of that, these experiments are done during the first two weeks of the semester break.


Schedule, List of groups, List of tutors -- FINAL! (The super secret password was sent separately. Hint: the password it is what you like to do!)

Course rules, regulations and advice (Read it please!)

The description and manuals for all of the experiments (use your zedat password/login to access)


Participation certificate for students

Evaluation form for tutors


(c) midjourney, "a student doing dangerous experiments with lasers"