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First Year Compulsory Courses
First Year Examination Block 1
401-1261-07LAnalysis I: One Variable Information O10 credits6V + 3UM. Einsiedler
AbstractIntroduction to the differential and integral calculus in one real variable: fundaments of mathematical thinking, numbers, sequences, basic point set topology, continuity, differentiable functions, ordinary differential equations, Riemann integration.
ObjectiveThe ability to work with the basics of calculus in a mathematically rigorous way.
LiteratureH. Amann, J. Escher: Analysis I

J. Appell: Analysis in Beispielen und Gegenbeispielen

R. Courant: Vorlesungen über Differential- und Integralrechnung

O. Forster: Analysis 1

H. Heuser: Lehrbuch der Analysis

K. Königsberger: Analysis 1

W. Walter: Analysis 1

V. Zorich: Mathematical Analysis I (englisch)

A. Beutelspacher: "Das ist o.B.d.A. trivial"

H. Schichl, R. Steinbauer: Einführung in das mathematische Arbeiten
402-1701-00LPhysics IO7 credits4V + 2UK. Ensslin
AbstractThis course gives a first introduction to Physics with an emphasis on classical mechanics.
ObjectiveAcquire knowledge of the basic principles regarding the physics of classical mechanics. Skills in solving physics problems.
252-0847-00LComputer Science Information O5 credits2V + 2UR. Sasse, F. Friedrich Wicker
AbstractThe course covers the fundamental concepts of computer programming with a focus on systematic algorithmic problem solving. Taught language is C++. No programming experience is required.
ObjectivePrimary educational objective is to learn programming with C++. After having successfully attended the course, students have a good command of the mechanisms to construct a program. They know the fundamental control and data structures and understand how an algorithmic problem is mapped to a computer program. They have an idea of what happens "behind the scenes" when a program is translated and executed. Secondary goals are an algorithmic computational thinking, understanding the possibilities and limits of programming and to impart the way of thinking like a computer scientist.
ContentThe course covers fundamental data types, expressions and statements, (limits of) computer arithmetic, control statements, functions, arrays, structural types and pointers. The part on object orientation deals with classes, inheritance and polymorphism; simple dynamic data types are introduced as examples. In general, the concepts provided in the course are motivated and illustrated with algorithms and applications.
Lecture notesEnglish lecture notes will be provided during the semester. The lecture notes and the lecture slides will be made available for download on the course web page. Exercises are solved and submitted online.
LiteratureBjarne Stroustrup: Einführung in die Programmierung mit C++, Pearson Studium, 2010
Stephen Prata, C++ Primer Plus, Sixth Edition, Addison Wesley, 2012
Andrew Koenig and Barbara E. Moo: Accelerated C++, Addison-Wesley, 2000
First Year Examination Block 2
401-1151-00LLinear Algebra I Information O7 credits4V + 2UR. Pink
AbstractIntroduction to the theory of vector spaces for students of mathematics or physics: Basics, vector spaces, linear transformations, solutions of systems of equations, matrices, determinants, endomorphisms, eigenvalues, eigenvectors.
Objective- Mastering basic concepts of Linear Algebra
- Introduction to mathematical methods
Content- Basics
- Vectorspaces and linear maps
- Systems of linear equations and matrices
- Determinants
- Endomorphisms and eigenvalues
LiteratureWe publish a summary of the content of the lecture course on the homepage:
Besides this we recommend one textbook about Linear Algebra, for instance one of these:
- G. Fischer: Lineare Algebra. Springer-Verlag 2014. Link:
- K. Jänich: Lineare Algebra. Springer-Verlag 2004. Link:
- H.-J. Kowalsky, G. O. Michler: Lineare Algebra. Walter de Gruyter 2003. Link:
- S. H. Friedberg, A. J. Insel and L. E. Spence: Linear Algebra. Pearson 2003. Link
In addition we recommend this general introduction into studying mathematics:
- H. Schichl and R. Steinbauer: Einführung in das mathematische Arbeiten. Springer-Verlag 2012. Link:
Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2016)
Second and Third Year Compulsory Courses
Examination Block I
401-2303-00LComplex AnalysisO6 credits3V + 2UT. H. Willwacher
AbstractComplex functions of one variable, Cauchy-Riemann equations, Cauchy theorem and integral formula, singularities, residue theorem, index of closed curves, analytic continuation, special functions, conformal mappings, Riemann mapping theorem.
ObjectiveWorking knowledge of functions of one complex variables; in particular applications of the residue theorem.
LiteratureB. Palka: "An introduction to complex function theory."
Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics. Springer-Verlag, 1991.

E.M. Stein, R. Shakarchi: Complex Analysis. Princeton University Press, 2010

Th. Gamelin: Complex Analysis. Springer 2001

E. Titchmarsh: The Theory of Functions. Oxford University Press

D. Salamon: "Funktionentheorie". Birkhauser, 2011. (In German)

L. Ahlfors: "Complex analysis. An introduction to the theory of analytic functions of one complex variable." International Series in Pure and Applied Mathematics. McGraw-Hill Book Co.

K.Jaenich: Funktionentheorie. Springer Verlag

R.Remmert: Funktionentheorie I. Springer Verlag

E.Hille: Analytic Function Theory. AMS Chelsea Publications
401-2333-00LMethods of Mathematical Physics I Information O6 credits3V + 2UG. Felder
AbstractFourier series. Linear partial differential equations of mathematical physics. Fourier transform. Special functions and eigenfunction expansions. Distributions. Selected problems from quantum mechanics.
402-2883-00LPhysics IIIO7 credits4V + 2UU. Keller
AbstractIntroductory course on quantum and atomic physics including optics and statistical physics.
ObjectiveA basic introduction to quantum and atomic physics, including basics of optics and equilibrium statistical physics. The course will focus on the relation of these topics to experimental methods and observations.
ContentEinführung in die Quantenphysik: Planck’sche Strahlung (Wärmestrahlung), Photonen, Photoelektrischer Effekt, Thomson and Rutherford Streuung, Compton Streuung, Bohrsche Atommodell, de-Broglie Materiewellen.

Optik/Wellenoptik: Linsen, Abbildungssysteme, Brechung und Fermatsches Prinzip, Beugung, Interferenz, Fabry-Perot, Interferometer, Spektrometer.

Quantenmechanik: Dualismus Teilchen-Welle, Wellenfunktionen, Operatoren, Schrödinger-Gleichung, Potentialstufe und Potentialkasten, harmonischer Oszillator

Quantenmechanische Atomphysik: Coulombpotential in der Schrödinger-Gleichung, Wasserstoffatom, Atomorbitale, Spin, Zeeman-Effekt, Spin-Bahn Kopplung, Mehrelektronenatome, Röntgenspektren, Auswahlregeln, Absorption und Emission von Strahlung, Molekülorbitale und Kovalente Bindung

Statistische Physik: Wahrscheinlichkeitsverteilungen, Ideales Gas, Äquipartitionsgesetz, Zustandsdichte, Maxwell-Boltzmann-Verteilung, Fermi-Dirac-Statistik für Fermionen, Bose-Einstein-Statistik für Bosonen, Elektronengas, Herleitung Planck’sche Strahlungsgesetz (Photonengas)
Lecture notesIm Rahmen der Veranstaltung werden die Folien in elektronischer Form zur Verfügung gestellt. Ergänzendes Buch wird als Pflichtlektüre empfohlen. Es wird kein Skript in der Vorlesung verteilt.
Wir werden die Quantenmechanik anhand der Schrödinger-Gleichung mit den klassischen elektro-magnetischen Wellen vergleichen. Zu den klassischen Wellen werden Ergänzungsunterlagen verteilt.
LiteratureM. Alonso, E. J. Finn
Quantenphysik und Statistische Physik
R. Oldenbourg Verlag, München
5. Auflage
ISBN 978-3-486-71340-4
Examination Block II
402-2203-01LClassical Mechanics Information O7 credits4V + 2UR. Renner
AbstractA conceptual introduction to theoretical physics: Newtonian mechanics, central force problem, oscillations, Lagrangian mechanics, symmetries and conservation laws, spinning top, relativistic space-time structure, particles in an electromagnetic field, Hamiltonian mechanics, canonical transformations, integrable systems, Hamilton-Jacobi equation.
ObjectiveFundamental understanding of the description of Mechanics in the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation. Detailed understanding of important applications, in particular, the Kepler problem, the physics of rigid bodies (spinning top) and of oscillatory systems.
Examination Block III
402-0205-00LQuantum Mechanics IO10 credits3V + 2UM. Gaberdiel
AbstractGeneral structure of quantum theory: Hilbert spaces, states and observables, equations of motion, Heisenberg uncertainty relation, symmetries, angular momentum addition, EPR paradox, Schrödinger and Heisenberg picture.
Applications: simple potentials in wave mechanics, scattering and resonance, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom, and perturbation theory.
ObjectiveIntroduction to single-particle quantum mechanics. Familiarity with basic ideas and concepts (quantisation, operator formalism, symmetries, angular momentum, perturbation theory) and generic examples and applications (bound states, tunneling, hydrogen atom, harmonic oscillator). Ability to solve simple problems.
ContentThe beginnings of quantum theory with Planck, Einstein and Bohr; Wave mechanics; Simple examples; The formalism of quantum mechanics (states and observables, Hilbert spaces and operators, the measurement process); Heisenberg uncertainty relation; Harmonic oscillator; Symmetries (in particular rotations); Hydrogen atom; Angular momentum addition; Quantum mechanics and classical physics (EPR paradoxon and Bell's inequality); Perturbation theory.
Lecture notesAuf Moodle, in deutscher Sprache
LiteratureG. Baym, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics
E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics
L.I. Schiff, Quantum Mechanics
R. Feynman and A.R. Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals
J.J. Sakurai: Modern Quantum Mechanics
A. Messiah: Quantum Mechanics I
S. Weinberg: Lectures on Quantum Mechanics
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesnot assessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Decision-makingnot assessed
Media and Digital Technologiesnot assessed
Project Managementnot assessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationnot assessed
Cooperation and Teamworknot assessed
Customer Orientationnot assessed
Leadership and Responsibilitynot assessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence not assessed
Sensitivity to Diversitynot assessed
Negotiationnot assessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilitynot assessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingnot assessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsnot assessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection not assessed
Self-direction and Self-management not assessed
Core Courses
Core Courses in Experimental Physics
402-0263-00LAstrophysics IW10 credits3V + 2US. Lilly
AbstractThis introductory course will develop basic concepts in astrophysics as applied to the understanding of the physics of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe.
ObjectiveThe course provides an overview of fundamental concepts and physical processes in astrophysics with the dual goals of: i) illustrating physical principles through a variety of astrophysical applications; and ii) providing an overview of research topics in astrophysics.
402-0255-00LIntroduction to Solid State PhysicsW10 credits3V + 2UC. Degen
AbstractThe course provides an introduction to solid state physics, covering several topics that are later discussed in more detail in other more specialized lectures. The central topics are: solids and their lattice structures; interatomic bindings; lattice dynamics, electronic properties of insulators, metals, semiconductors, transport properties, magnetism, superconductivity.
ObjectiveIntroduction to Solid State Physics.
ContentThe course provides an introduction to solid state physics, covering several topics that are later discussed in more detail in other more specialized lectures. The central topics are: solids and their lattice structures; interatomic bindings; lattice dynamics, thermal properties of insulators; metals (classical and quantum mechanical description of electronic states, thermal and transport properties of metals); semiconductors (bandstructure and n/p-type doping); magnetism, superconductivity.
Lecture notesThe script will be available on moodle.
LiteratureIbach & Lüth, Festkörperphysik
C. Kittel, Festkörperphysik
Ashcroft & Mermin, Festkörperphysik
W. Känzig, Kondensierte Materie
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzungen: Physik I, II, III wünschenswert
Practical Courses
402-0000-01LPhysics Lab 1 Information
Enrollment is only possible under
No registration required via myStudies. For further information visit:

Only students from 3rd Semester BSc Physics on are admitted to Physics Lab 2.
O5 credits1V + 4PA. Eichler, M. Kroner
AbstractIntroductory lab course in experimental physics with accompanying lecture
ObjectiveThe overarching topic of the student lab and of the corresponding lecture is an understanding of the fundamental challenges in experimental physics. The following aspects are particularly important:

- Why does one conduct experiments, and how should an experiment be planned?
- How does one set up an experiment? What are the important characteristics of measurement instruments and methods?
- Introduction to basic statistical data analysis
- Critical interpretation of measurement results
- Scientific communication, reporting, graphic representation of results
- Ethical aspects of experimental research and reporting
ContentExperiments with examples from mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electricity and radiation. Accompanying lecture to offer a better understanding of basic statistics and of reporting techniques.
Lecture notesAnleitung zum Physikalischen Praktikum; Vorlesungszusammenfassung
Prerequisites / Notice9 Experiments have to be conducted (typically in teams of 2).

In the first week, only an introductory event is taking place in the lecture hall. This event provides relevant information regarding safety and organisational matters (e.g. testat conditions).

Students must pass an online safety test to be allowed to conduct experiments in the lab. Every student must provide an individually adjusted safety goggle.
402-0000-09LPhysics Lab 3 Information O7 credits13PM. Donegà, S. Gvasaliya
AbstractThis laboratory course provides basic training of experimental skills. These are experimental design, implementation, measurement, data analysis and interpretation, as well as error analysis. The experimental work has to be complemented by a concise written report, which trains the scientific writing skills.
Manuals for the individual experiments are available in English.
ObjectiveStudents learn to independently perform advanced experiments and document them scientifically correct.

Students are required to attend a safety lecture on the first day of the course and pass the corresponding online moodle-test before being allowed to access the laboratory rooms and perform the experiments.

The following aspects are emphasized:
- understanding complicated physical phenomena
- structured approach to experiments with complex instruments
- various practical aspects of experimenting and determining uncertainties
- learning the relevant statistical methods for data analysis
- interpretation of measurements and uncertainties
- describing the experiments and the results in a scientifically proper manner, in direct analogy to publishing
- ethical aspects of experimental research and scientific communication
ContentWe offer experiments covering the following topics:
Basic topics from mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and electronics; as well as central topics from nuclear and particle physics, quantum electronics, quantum mechanics, solid state physics and astrophysics.
Lecture notesInstructions for experiments are available in English.
Prerequisites / NoticeFrom a variety of over 50 experiments, students have to perform 4 experiments covering different topics. The experimental work is complemented by writing a scientific report.
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed
Proseminars, Experimental and Theoretical Semester Papers
To organise a semester project take contact with one of the instructors.
402-0210-BSLProseminar Theoretical Physics Information Restricted registration - show details
The number of participants is limited.
W8 credits4SSupervisors
AbstractA guided self-study of original papers and of advanced textbooks in theoretical physics. Within the general topic, determined each semester, participants give a presentation on a particular subject and deliver a written report.
402-0217-BSLSemester Project in Theoretical Physics Restricted registration - show details W8 credits15ASupervisors
AbstractThis course unit is an alternative if no suitable "Proseminar Theoretical Physics" is available of if the proseminar is already overbooked.
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Leistungskontrolle erfolgt aufgrund eines oder mehrerer schriftlicher Berichte bzw. einer schriftlichen Arbeit. Vorträge können ein zusätzlicher Bestandteil der Leistungskontrolle sein.
402-0215-BSLExperimental Semester Project in Physics Information Restricted registration - show details W8 credits15ASupervisors
AbstractThe aim of the project is to give the student experience in working in a research environment, carrying out physics experiments, analysing and interpreting the resulting data.
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Leistungskontrolle erfolgt aufgrund eines oder mehrerer schriftlicher Berichte bzw. einer schriftlichen Arbeit.
402-0719-BSLParticle Physics at PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) Restricted registration - show details W8 credits15PA. Soter, A. S. Antognini
AbstractDuring semester breaks 6-12 students stay for 3 weeks at PSI and participate in a hands-on course on experimental particle physics. A small real experiment is performed in common, including apparatus design, construction, running and data analysis. The course includes some lectures, but the focus lies on the practical aspects of experimenting.
ObjectiveStudents learn all the different steps it takes to perform a complete particle physics experiment in a small team. They acquire skills to do this themselves in the team, including design, construction, data taking and data analysis.
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