# Search result: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Doctoral Department of Physics More Information at: https://www.ethz.ch/en/doctorate.html | ||||||

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Courses Please note that this is an INCOMPLETE list of courses. | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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402-0318-00L | Semiconductor Materials: Characterization, Processing and Devices | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | S. Schön, W. Wegscheider | |

Abstract | This course gives an introduction into the fundamentals of semiconductor materials. The main focus in this semester is on state-of-the-art characterization, semiconductor processing and devices. | |||||

Objective | Basic knowledge of semiconductor physics and technology. Application of this knowledge for state-of-the-art semiconductor device processing | |||||

Content | 1. Material characterization: structural and chemical methods 1.1 X-ray diffraction methods (Powder diffraction, HRXRD, XRR, RSM) 1.2 Electron microscopy Methods (SEM, EDX, TEM, STEM, EELS) 1.3 SIMS, RBS 2. Material characterization: electronic methods 2.1 van der Pauw techniquel2.2 Floating zone method 2.2 Hall effect 2.3 Cyclotron resonance spectroscopy 2.4. Quantum Hall effect 3. Material characterization: Optical methods 3.1 Absorption methods 3.2 Photoluminescence methods 3.3 FTIR, Raman spectroscopy 4. Semiconductor processing: lithography 4.1 Optical lithography methods 4.2 Electron beam lithography 4.3 FIB lithography 4.4 Scanning probe lithography 4.5 Direct growth methods (CEO, Nanowires) 5. Semiconductor processing: structuring of layers and devices 5.1 Wet etching methods 5.2 Dry etching methods (RIE, ICP, ion milling) 5.3 Physical vapor depositon methods (thermal, e-beam, sputtering) 5.4 Chemical vapor Deposition methods (PECVD, LPCVD, ALD) 5.5 Cleanroom basics & tour 6. Semiconductor devices 6.1 Semiconductor lasers 6.2 LED & detectors 6.3 Solar cells 6.4 Transistors (FET, HBT, HEMT) | |||||

Lecture notes | https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=14636 | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The "compulsory performance element" of this lecture is a short presentation of a research paper complementing the lecture topics. Several topics and corresponding papers will be offered on the moodle page of this lecture. | |||||

402-0484-00L | Experimental and Theoretical Aspects of Quantum Gases Does not take place this semester. | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | T. Esslinger | |

Abstract | Quantum Gases are the most precisely controlled many-body systems in physics. This provides a unique interface between theory and experiment, which allows addressing fundamental concepts and long-standing questions. This course lays the foundation for the understanding of current research in this vibrant field. | |||||

Objective | The lecture conveys a basic understanding for the current research on quantum gases. Emphasis will be put on the connection between theory and experimental observation. It will enable students to read and understand publications in this field. | |||||

Content | Cooling and trapping of neutral atoms Bose and Fermi gases Ultracold collisions The Bose-condensed state Elementary excitations Vortices Superfluidity Interference and Correlations Optical lattices | |||||

Lecture notes | notes and material accompanying the lecture will be provided | |||||

Literature | C. J. Pethick and H. Smith, Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute Gases, Cambridge. Proceedings of the Enrico Fermi International School of Physics, Vol. CXL, ed. M. Inguscio, S. Stringari, and C.E. Wieman (IOS Press, Amsterdam, 1999). | |||||

402-0486-00L | Frontiers of Quantum Gas Research: Few- and Many-Body PhysicsDoes not take place this semester. | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | ||

Abstract | The lecture will discuss the most relevant recent research in the field of quantum gases. Bosonic and fermionic quantum gases with emphasis on strong interactions will be studied. The topics include low dimensional systems, optical lattices and quantum simulation, the BEC-BCS crossover and the unitary Fermi gas, transport phenomena, and quantum gases in optical cavities. | |||||

Objective | The lecture is intended to convey an advanced understanding for the current research on quantum gases. Emphasis will be put on the connection between theory and experimental observation. It will enable students to follow current publications in this field. | |||||

Content | Quantum gases in one and two dimensions Optical lattices, Hubbard physics and quantum simulation Strongly interacting Fermions: the BEC-BCS crossover and the unitary Fermi gas Transport phenomena in ultracold gases Quantum gases in optical cavities | |||||

Lecture notes | no script | |||||

Literature | C. J. Pethick and H. Smith, Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute Gases, Cambridge. T. Giamarchi, Quantum Physics in one dimension I. Bloch, J. Dalibard, W. Zwerger, Many-body physics with ultracold gases, Rev. Mod. Phys. 80, 885 (2008) Proceedings of the Enrico Fermi International School of Physics, Vol. CLXIV, ed. M. Inguscio, W. Ketterle, and C. Salomon (IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2007). Additional literature will be distributed during the lecture | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Presumably, Prof. Päivi Törmä from Aalto university in Finland will give part of the course. The exercise classes will be partly in the form of a Journal Club, in which a student presents the achievements of a recent important research paper. More information available on http://www.quantumoptics.ethz.ch/ | |||||

402-0470-17L | Optical Frequency Combs: Physics and ApplicationsDoes not take place this semester. | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | G. Scalari, J. Faist | |

Abstract | In this lecture, the goal is to review the physics behind mode-locking in these various devices, as well as discuss the most important novelties and applications of the newly developed sources. | |||||

Objective | In this lecture, the goal is to review the physics behind mode-locking in these various devices, as well as discuss the most important novelties and applications of the newly developed sources. | |||||

Content | Since their invention, the optical frequency combs have shown to be a key technological tool with applications in a variety of fields ranging from astronomy, metrology, spectroscopy and telecommunications. Concomitant with this expansion of the application domains, the range of technologies that have been used to generate optical frequency combs has recently widened to include, beyond the solid-state and fiber mode-locked lasers, optical parametric oscillators, microresonators and quantum cascade lasers. In this lecture, the goal is to review the physics behind mode-locking in these various devices, as well as discuss the most important novelties and applications of the newly developed sources. Chapt 1: Fundamentals of optical frequency comb generation - Physics of mode-locking: time domain picture Propagation and stability of a pulse, soliton formation - Dispersion compensation Solid-state and fiber mode-locked laser Chapt 2: Direct generation Microresonator combs: Lugiato-Lefever equation, solitons Quantum cascade laser: Frequency domain picture of the mode-locking Mid-infrared and terahertz QCL combs Chapt 3: Non-linear optics DFG, OPOs Chapt 4: Comb diagnostics and noise Jitter, linewidth Chapt 5: Self-referenced combs and their applications Chapt 6: Dual combs and their applications to spectroscopy | |||||

402-0498-00L | Trapped-Ion Physics | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | D. Kienzler | |

Abstract | This course covers the physics of trapped ions at the quantum level described as harmonic oscillators coupled to spin systems, for which the 2012 Nobel prize was awarded. Trapped-ion systems have achieved an extraordinary level of control and provide leading technologies for quantum information processing and quantum metrology. | |||||

Objective | The objective is to provide a basis for understanding the wide range of research currently being performed with trapped ion systems: fundamental quantum mechanics with spin-spring systems, quantum information processing and quantum metrology. During the course students would expect to gain an understanding of the current frontier of research in these areas, and the challenges which must be overcome to make further advances. This should provide a solid background for tackling recently published research in these fields, including experimental realisations of quantum information processing using trapped ions. | |||||

Content | This course will cover trapped-ion physics. It aims to cover both theoretical and experimental aspects. In all experimental settings the role of decoherence and the quantum-classical transition is of great importance, and this will therefore form one of the key components of the course. The topics of the course were cited in the Nobel prize which was awarded to David Wineland in 2012. Topics which will be covered include: - Fundamental working principles of ion traps and modern trap geometries, quantum description of motion of trapped ions - Electronic structure of atomic ions, manipulation of the electronic state, Rabi- and Ramsey-techniques, principle of an atomic clock - Quantum description of the coupling of electronic and motional degrees of freedom - Laser cooling - Quantum state engineering of coherent, squeezed, cat, grid and entangled states - Trapped ion quantum information processing basics and scaling, current challenges - Quantum metrology with trapped ions: quantum logic spectroscopy, optical clocks, search for physics beyond the standard model using high-precision spectroscopy | |||||

Literature | S. Haroche and J-M. Raimond "Exploring the Quantum" (recommended) M. Scully and M.S. Zubairy, Quantum Optics (recommended) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The preceding attendance of the scheduled lecture Quantum Optics (402-0442-00L) or a comparable course is required. | |||||

402-0466-15L | Quantum Optics with Photonic Crystals, Plasmonics and Metamaterials | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | G. Scalari | |

Abstract | In this lecture, we would like to review new developments in the emerging topic of quantum optics in very strongly confined structures, with an emphasis on sources and photon statistics as well as the coupling between optical and mechanical degrees of freedom. | |||||

Objective | Integration and miniaturisation have strongly characterised fundamental research and industrial applications in the last decades, both for photonics and electronics. The objective of this lecture is to provide insight into the most recent solid-state implementations of strong light-matter interaction, from micro and nano cavities to nano lasers and quantum optics. The content of the lecture focuses on the achievement of extremely subwavelength radiation confinement in electronic and optical resonators. Such resonant structures are then functionalized by integrating active elements to achieve devices with extremely reduced dimensions and exceptional performances. Plasmonic lasers, Purcell emitters are discussed as well as ultrastrong light matter coupling and opto-mechanical systems. | |||||

Content | 1. Light confinement 1.1. Photonic crystals 1.1.1. Band structure 1.1.2. Slow light and cavities 1.2. Plasmonics 1.2.1. Light confinement in metallic structures 1.2.2. Metal optics and waveguides 1.2.3. Graphene plasmonics 1.3. Metamaterials 1.3.1. Electric and magnetic response at optical frequencies 1.3.2. Negative index, cloacking, left-handness 2. Light coupling in cavities 2.1. Strong coupling 2.1.1. Polariton formation 2.1.2. Strong and ultra-strong coupling 2.2. Strong coupling in microcavities 2.2.1. Planar cavities, polariton condensation 2.3. Polariton dots 2.3.1. Microcavities 2.3.2. Photonic crystals 2.3.3. Metamaterial-based 3. Photon generation and statistics 3.1. Purcell emitters 3.1.1. Single photon sources 3.1.2. THz emitters 3.2. Microlasers 3.2.1. Plasmonic lasers: where is the limit? 3.2.2. g(1) and g(2) of microlasers 3.3. Optomecanics 3.3.1. Micro ring cavities 3.3.2. Photonic crystals 3.3.3. Superconducting resonators | |||||

402-0516-10L | Group Theory and its Applications | W | 12 credits | 3V + 3U | D. Pescia | |

Abstract | This lecture introduces the use of group theory to solve problems of quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics and particle physics. Symmetry is at the roots of quantum mechanics: this lecture is also a tutorial for students that would like to understand the practical side of the (often difficult) mathematical exposition of regular courses on quantum mechanics. | |||||

Objective | The aim of this lecture is to give a practical knowledge on the application of symmetry in atomic-, molecular-, condensed matter- and particle physics. The lecture is intended for students at the master and Phd. level in Physics that would like to have a practical and comprehensive view of the role of symmetry in physics. Students in their third year of Bachelor will be perfectly able to follow the lecture and can use it for their future master curriculuum. Students from other Departements are welcome, as the lecture is designed to be (almost) self-contained. As symmetry is omnipresent in science and in particular quantum mechanics, this lecture is also a tutorial on quantum mechanics for students that would like to understand what is behind the often difficult mathematical exposition of regular courses on quantum mechanics. | |||||

Content | 1. Abstract Group Theory and representation theory of groups (Fundamentals of groups, Groups and geometry, Point and space groups, Representation theory of groups (H. Weyl, 1885-1955), Reducible and irreducible representations , Properties of irreducible representations, Characters of a representation and theorems involving them, Symmetry adapted vectors) 2. Group theory and eigenvalue problems (General introduction and practical examples) 3. Representations of continuous groups (the circle group, The full rotation group, atomic physics, the translation group and the Schrödinger representation of quantum mechanics, Cristal field splitting, The Peter-Weyl theorem, The Stone-von Neumann theorem, The Harisch-Chandra character) 4. Space groups and their representations (Elements of crystallography, irreducible representations of the space groups, non-symmorphic space groups) 5. Topological properties of groups and half integer spins: tensor products, applications of tensor products, an introduction to the universal covering group, the universal covering group of SO3, SU(2), how to deal with the spin of the electron, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, double point groups, the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients for point groups, the Wigner-Eckart-Koster theorem and its applications 6 The application of symmetry to phase transitions (Landau). 7. Young tableaus: many electron and particle physics (SU_3). | |||||

Lecture notes | A manuscript is made available. | |||||

Literature | -B.L. van der Waerden, Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics, Springer Verlag. ("Old" but still modern). - L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz, Lehrbuch der Theor. Pyhsik, Band III, "Quantenmechanik", Akademie-Verlag Berlin, 1979, Kap. XII and Ibidem, Band V, "Statistische Physik", Teil 1, Akademie-Verlag 1987, Kap. XIII and XIV. (Very concise and practical) -A. Fässler, E. Stiefel, Group Theoretical Methods and Their applications, Birkhäuser. (A classical book on practical group theory, from a strong ETHZ school). - C. Isham, Lectures on group and vector spaces for physicists, World Scientific. (More mathematical but very didactical) | |||||

402-0536-00L | Ferromagnetism: From Thin Films to SpintronicsSpecial Students UZH must book the module PHY434 directly at UZH. | W | 6 credits | 3G | R. Allenspach | |

Abstract | This course extends the introductory course "Introduction to Magnetism" to the latest, modern topics in research in magnetism and spintronics. After a short revisit of the basic magnetism concepts, emphasis is put on novel phenomena in (ultra)thin films and small magnetic structures, displaying effects not encountered in bulk magnetism. | |||||

Objective | Knowing the most important concepts and applications of ferromagnetism, in particular on the nanoscale (thin films, small structures). Being able to read and understand scientific articles at the front of research in this area. Learn to know how and why magnetic storage, sensors, memories and logic concepts function. Learn to condense and present the results of a research articles so that colleagues understand. | |||||

Content | Magnetization curves, magnetic domains, magnetic anisotropy; novel effects in ultrathin magnetic films and multilayers: interlayer exchange, spin transport; magnetization dynamics, spin precession. Applications: Magnetic data storage, magnetic memories, spin-based electronics, also called spintronics. | |||||

Lecture notes | Lecture notes will be handed out (in English). | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | This course can be easily followed also without having attended the "Introduction to Magnetism" course. Language: English. | |||||

402-0532-00L | Quantum Solid State MagnetismDoes not take place this semester. | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | ||

Abstract | This course is based on the principal modern tools used to study collective magnetic phenomena in the Solid State, namely correlation and response functions. It is quite quantitative, but doesn't contain any "fancy" mathematics. Instead, the theoretical aspects are balanced by numerous experimental examples and case studies. It is aimed at theorists and experimentalists alike. | |||||

Objective | Learn the modern theoretical foundations and "language", as well as principles and capabilities of the latest experimental techniques, used to describe and study collective magnetic phenomena in the Solid State. | |||||

Content | - Magnetic response and correlation functions. Analytic properties. Fluctuation-dissipation theorem. Experimental methods to measure static and dynamic correlations. - Magnetic response and correlations in metals. Diamagnetism and paramagnetism. Magnetic ground states: ferromagnetism, spin density waves. Excitations in metals, spin waves. Experimental examples. - Magnetic response and correlations of magnetic ions in crystals: quantum numbers and effective Hamiltonians. Application of group theory to classifying ionic states. Experimental case studies. - Magnetic response and correlations in magnetic insulators. Effective Hamiltonians. Magnetic order and propagation vector formalism. The use of group theory to classify magnetic structures. Determination of magnetic structures from diffraction data. Excitations: spin wave theory and beyond. "Triplons". Measuring spin wave spectra. | |||||

Lecture notes | A comprehensive textbook-like script is provided. | |||||

Literature | In principle, the script is suffient as study material. Additional reading: -"Magnetism in Condensed Matter" by S. Blundell -"Quantum Theory of Magnetism: Magnetic properties of Materials" by R. M. White -"Lecture notes on Electron Correlations and Magnetism" by P. Fazekas | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisite: 402-0861-00L Statistical Physics 402-0501-00L Solid State Physics Not prerequisite, but a good companion course: 402-0871-00L Solid State Theory 402-0257-00L Advanced Solid State Physics 402-0535-00L Introduction to Magnetism | |||||

402-0538-16L | Introduction to Magnetic Resonance for PhysicistsDoes not take place this semester. | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | C. Degen | |

Abstract | This course provides the fundamental principles of magnetic resonance and discusses its applications in physics and other disciplines. | |||||

Objective | Magnetic resonance is a textbook example of quantum mechanics that has made its way into numerous applications. It describes the response of nuclear and electronic spins to radio-frequency magnetic fields. The aim of this course is to provide the basic concepts of magnetic resonance while making connections of relevancy to other areas of science. After completing this course, students will understand the basic interactions of spins and how they are manipulated and detected. They will be able to calculate and simulate the quantum dynamics of spin systems. Examples of current-day applications in solid state physics, quantum information, magnetic resonance tomography, and biomolecular structure determination will also be integrated. | |||||

Content | Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Resonance - Historical Perspective - Bloch Equations - Quantum Picture of Magnetic Resonance - Spin Hamiltonian - Pulsed Magnetic Resonance - Spin Relaxation - Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Ferromagnetic Resonance - Signal Detection - Modern Topics and Applications of Magnetic Resonance | |||||

Lecture notes | Class Notes and Handouts | |||||

Literature | 1) Charles Slichter, "Principles of Magnetic Resonance" 2) Anatole Abragam, "The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism" | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is not formally required but highly advantageous. | |||||

402-0528-12L | Ultrafast Methods in Solid State Physics | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | S. Johnson, M. Savoini | |

Abstract | In condensed matter physics, “ultrafast” refers to dynamics on the picosecond and femtosecond time scales, the time scales where atoms vibrate and electronic spins flip. Measuring real-time dynamics on these time scales is key to understanding materials in nonequilibrium states. This course offers an overview and understanding of the methods used to accomplish this in modern research laboratories. | |||||

Objective | The goal of the course is to enable students to identify and evaluate experimental methods to manipulate and measure the electronic, magnetic and structural properties of solids on the fastest possible time scales. This offers new fundamental insights on the couplings that bind solid-state systems together. It also opens the door to new technological applications in data storage and processing involving metastable states that can be reached only by driving systems far from equilibrium. This course offers an overview of ultrafast methods as applied to condensed matter physics. Students will learn which methods are appropriate for studying relevant scientific questions, and will be able to describe their relative advantages and limitations. | |||||

Content | The topical course outline is as follows: Chapter 1: Introduction - Important time scales for dynamics in solids and their applications - Time-domain versus frequency-domain experiments - The pump-probe technique: general advantages and limits Chapter 2: Overview of ultrafast processes in solids - Carrier dynamics in response to ultrafast laser interactions - Dynamics of the lattice: coherent vs. incoherent phonons - Ultrafast magnetic phenomena Chapter 3: Ultrafast optical-frequency methods - Ultrafast laser sources (oscillators and amplifiers) - Generating broadband pulses - Second and third order harmonic generation - Optical parametric amplification - Fluorescence spectroscopy - Advanced optical pump-probe techniques Chapter 4: THz- and mid-infrared frequency methods - Low frequency interactions with solids - Difference frequency mixing - Optical rectification - Time-domain spectroscopy Chapter 5: VUV and x-ray frequency methods - Synchrotron based sources - Free electron lasers - High-harmonic generation - X-ray diffraction - Time-resolved X-ray microscopy & coherent imaging - Time-resolved core-level spectroscopies Chapter 6: Time-resolved electron methods - Ultrafast electron diffraction - Time-resolved electron microscopy | |||||

Lecture notes | Will be distributed via moodle. | |||||

Literature | Will be distributed via moodle. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Although the course "Ultrafast Processes in Solids" (402-0526-00L) is useful as a companion to this course, it is not a prerequisite. | |||||

402-0558-00L | Crystal Optics in Intense Light Fields | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | M. Fiebig | |

Abstract | Because of their aesthetic nature crystals are termed "flowers of mineral kingdom". The aesthetic aspect is closely related to the symmetry of the crystals which in turn determines their optical properties. It is the purpose of this course to stimulate the understanding of these relations with a particular focus on those phenomena occurring in intense light fields as they are provided by lasers. | |||||

Objective | In this course students will at first acquire a systematic knowledge of classical crystal-optical phenomena and the experimental and theoretical tools to describe them. This will be the basis for the core part of the lecture in which they will learn how to characterize ferroelectric, (anti)ferromagnetic and other forms of ferroic order and their interaction by nonlinear optical techniques. See also http://www.ferroic.mat.ethz.ch/research/index. | |||||

Content | Crystal classes and their symmetry; basic group theory; optical properties in the absence and presence of external forces; focus on magnetooptical phenomena; density-matrix formalism of light-matter interaction; microscopy of linear and nonlinear optical susceptibilities; second harmonic generation (SHG); characterization of ferroic order by SHG; outlook towards other nonlinear optical effects: devices, ultrafast processes, etc. | |||||

Lecture notes | Extensive material will be provided throughout the lecture. | |||||

Literature | (1) R. R. Birss, Symmetry and Magnetism, North-Holland (1966) (2) R. E. Newnham: Properties of Materials: Anisotropy, Symmetry, Structure, Oxford University (2005) (3) A. K. Zvezdin, V. A. Kotov: Modern Magnetooptics & Magnetooptical Materials, Taylor/Francis (1997) (4) Y. R. Shen: The Principles of Nonlinear Optics, Wiley (2002) (5) K. H. Bennemann: Nonlinear Optics in Metals, Oxford University (1999) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Basic knowledge in solid state physics and quantum (perturbation) theory will be very useful. The lecture is addressed to students in physics and students in materials science with an affinity to physics. | |||||

402-0726-12L | Physics of Exotic Atoms | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | P. Crivelli, A. Soter | |

Abstract | In this course, we will review the status of physics with exotic atoms including the new exciting advances such as anti-hydrogen 1S-2S spectroscopy and measurements of the hyperfine splitting and the puzzling results of the muonic-hydrogen experiment for the determination of the proton charge radius. | |||||

Objective | The course will give an introduction on the physics of exotic atoms covering both theoretical and experimental aspects. The focus will be set on the systems which are currently a subject of research in Switzerland: positronium at ETHZ, anti-hydrogen at CERN and muonium, muonic-H and muonic-He at PSI. The course will enable the students to follow recent publications in this field. | |||||

Content | Review of the theory of hydrogen and hydrogen-like atoms Interaction of atoms with radiation Hyperfine splitting theory and experiments: Positronium (Ps), Muonium (Mu) and anti-hydrogen (Hbar) High precision spectroscopy: Ps, Mu and Hbar Lamb shift in muonic-H and muonic-He- the proton radius puzzle Weak and strong interaction tests with exotic atoms Anti-matter and gravitation Applications of antimatter | |||||

Lecture notes | script | |||||

Literature | Precision physics of simple atoms and molecules, Savely G. Karshenboim, Springer 2008 Proceedings of the International Conference on Exotic Atoms (EXA 2008) and the 9th International Conference on Low Energy Antiproton Physics (LEAP 2008) held in Vienna, Austria, 15-19 September 2008 (PART I/II), Hyperfine Interactions, Volume 193, Numbers 1-3 / September 2009 Laser Spectroscopy: Vol. 1 Basic Principles Vol. 2 Experimental Techniques von Wolfgang Demtröder von Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008 | |||||

402-0883-63L | Symmetries in Physics | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | M. Gaberdiel | |

Abstract | The course gives an introduction to symmetry groups in physics. It explains the relevant mathematical background (finite groups, Lie groups and algebras as well as their representations), and illustrates their important role in modern physics. | |||||

Objective | The aim of the course is to give a self-contained introduction into finite group theory as well as Lie theory from a physicists point of view. Abstract mathematical constructions will be illustrated with examples from physics. | |||||

Content | Finite group theory, including representation theory and character methods; application to crystal field splitting. The symmetric group and the structure of its representations; application to identical particles and parastatistics. Simple Lie algebras and their finite-dimensional representations. Description of representations of SU(N) in terms of Young diagrams; applications in particle physics. | |||||

402-0888-00L | Field Theory in Condensed Matter PhysicsDoes not take place this semester. | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | ||

Abstract | This class is dedicated to non-perturbative many-body effects in condensed matter physics. | |||||

Objective | To learn modern concepts in many-body condensed matter physics. | |||||

Content | In this class I will show, by examples, how field theory can describe some important non-perturbative phenomena in condensed matter physics. | |||||

Lecture notes | A pdf script in English will be distributed by email to those attending the class. | |||||

Literature | Lecture Notes on Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics, Christopher Mudry, World Scientific Publishing Company, ISBN 978-981-4449-09-0 (Hardcover), 978-981-4449-10-6 (paperback)] | |||||

402-0604-00L | Materials Analysis by Nuclear Techniques | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | C. Vockenhuber | |

Abstract | Materials analysis by MeV ion beams. Nuclear techniques are presented which allow to quantitatively investigate the composition, structure and trace element content of solids. | |||||

Objective | Students learn the basic concepts of ion beam analysis and its different analytical techniques. They understand how experimental data is taken and interpreted. They are able to chose the appropriate method of analysis to solve a given problem. | |||||

Content | The course treats applications of nuclear methods in other fields of research. Materials analysis by ion beam analysis is emphasized. Techniques are presented which allow the quantitative investigation of composition, structure, and trace element content of solids: - elasic nuclear scattering (Rutherfor Backscattering, Recoil detection) - nuclear (resonant) reaction analysis - activation analysis - ion beam channeling (investigation of crystal defects) - neutron sources - MeV ion microprobes, imaging surface analysis The course is also suited for graduate students. | |||||

Lecture notes | Lecture notes will be distributed in pdf. | |||||

Literature | 'Ion Beam Analysis: Fundamentals and Applications', M. Nastasi, J.W. Mayer, Y. Wang, CRC Press 2014, ISBN 9781439846384 | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | A practical lab demonstration is organized as part of lectures and exercises. The course is also well suited for graduate students. It can be held in German or English, depending on participants. | |||||

402-0710-00L | Doctoral Student Seminar in Nuclear and Particle Physics | W | 1 credit | 2S | A. Rubbia, G. Dissertori, K. S. Kirch, R. Wallny, University lecturers | |

Abstract | Seminar for PhD students | |||||

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Lecture notes | Seminar for PhD students | |||||

402-0376-16L | Advanced Statistical Methods in Cosmology and AstrophysicsDoes not take place this semester. This course is not being offered anymore. | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | to be announced | |

Abstract | Statistical methods are increasingly important in modern science. In this course we will build an understanding of statistical methods beyond Bayesian inference. These include information content of experiments through relative entropy and ABC methods for difficult problem when the likelihood cannot be calculated. We will also cover topics which are now commonly used in cosmology. | |||||

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Content | In this course we will build an understanding of statistical methods beyond Bayesian inference. These include information content of experiments through relative entropy and ABC methods for difficult problem when the likelihood cannot be calculated. We will also cover topics, such as power spectrum estimation, which are now commonly used in cosmology. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | In this course we will assume good knowledge of statistical inference, so it is recommended that students have taken 'Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics' or equivalent. | |||||

151-0530-00L | Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos II | W | 4 credits | 4G | G. Haller | |

Abstract | The internal structure of chaos; Hamiltonian dynamical systems; Normally hyperbolic invariant manifolds; Geometric singular perturbation theory; Finite-time dynamical systems | |||||

Objective | The course introduces the student to advanced, comtemporary concepts of nonlinear dynamical systems analysis. | |||||

Content | I. The internal structure of chaos: symbolic dynamics, Bernoulli shift map, sub-shifts of finite type; chaos is numerical iterations. II.Hamiltonian dynamical systems: conservation and recurrence, stability of fixed points, integrable systems, invariant tori, Liouville-Arnold-Jost Theorem, KAM theory. III. Normally hyperbolic invariant manifolds: Crash course on differentiable manifolds, existence, persistence, and smoothness, applications. IV. Geometric singular perturbation theory: slow manifolds and their stability, physical examples. V. Finite-time dynamical system; detecting Invariant manifolds and coherent structures in finite-time flows | |||||

Lecture notes | Students have to prepare their own lecture notes | |||||

Literature | Books will be recommended in class | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Nonlinear Dynamics I (151-0532-00) or equivalent | |||||

151-0906-00L | Frontiers in Energy Research This course is only for doctoral students. | W | 2 credits | 2S | C. Schaffner | |

Abstract | Doctoral students at ETH Zurich working in the broad area of energy present their research to their colleagues, their advisors and the scientific community. Each week a different student gives a 50-60 min presentation of their research (a full introduction, background & findings) followed by discussion with the audience. | |||||

Objective | The key objectives of the course are: (1) participants will gain knowledge of advanced research in the area of energy; (2) participants will actively participate in discussion after each presentation; (3) participants gain experience of different presentation styles; (4) to create a network amongst the energy research doctoral student community. | |||||

Content | Doctoral students at ETH Zurich working in the broad area of energy present their research to their colleagues, to their advisors and to the scientific community. There will be one presentation a week during the semester, each structured as follows: 20 min introduction to the research topic, 30 min presentation of the results, 30 min discussion with the audience. | |||||

Lecture notes | Slides will be available on the Energy Science Center pages(www.esc.ethz.ch/events/frontiers-in-energy-research.html). |

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