Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students - Winter Semester 2020-21
Welcome to the Advanced Laboratory Course for Master Students, Corona Special 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 8 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 level. You should have experience with long-form scientific writing -- you will have to submit 8 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. Unless the situation changes due to university regulations, the class takes place in the presence (not online) form. After all, during the labs, you have to be able to touch the tools and turn the knobs :). Rest assured, we will take all possible steps to minimize the possibility of infection spread.
1. There will be no seminar/lectures during the first week of classes (2th,5th of November). Our first meeting will be during the seminar next Monday, 9th of November, 14:00-16:00. The meeting will take place online, via WebEx. During this meeting, we will talk about class structure, and -- most importantly -- present a lecture on laboratory safety.Very important: note, 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.
2. Please enter your preferences for your group partner(s) and experiments you'd like to do. I will try to satisfy your preference but cannot guarantee it, of course.
3. Based on this information, I will create a list of groups and an experiment schedule (will be posted online next week). The first experiments (likey) start this week, Thursday 12th (10:00 -- 19:00). There will be experimental slots on Thursdays after that. There will be presentations on your experiments (two per week) on Mondays (14:00 -- 16:00), likely after mid-November.
4. There will be a lecture on Data Analysis on Monday, November 16th, 14:00 -- 16:00 (online).
Prof. Kirill Bolotin
Best contact: email (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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)
Magnetooptic Kerr Effect and magnetic anisotropies (MOKE)
Solid state laser principles
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
Formation of protein self assembled monolayer monitored by Quartz Crystal Microbalance
1 day each during the first two weeks of the semester break (likely)
Electron beam lithography and nanofabrication
Electron quantum transport in graphene
Schedule, List of groups, List of tutors (will be posted next week)
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