Bertram Batlogg: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2012

Name Prof. em. Dr. Bertram Batlogg
FieldPhysik der kondensierten Materie
Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik
ETH Zürich, HPF F 22
Otto-Stern-Weg 1
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 22 48
RelationshipProfessor emeritus

402-0101-00LThe Zurich Physics Colloquium Information 0 credits1KG. Blatter, C. Anastasiou, B. Batlogg, N. Beisert, M. Carollo, M. Christandl, C. Degen, G. Dissertori, R. J. Douglas, K. Ensslin, T. Esslinger, J. Faist, M. Gaberdiel, A. Gehrmann-De Ridder, G. M. Graf, J. Home, A. Imamoglu, P. Jetzer, S. Johnson, U. Keller, K. S. Kirch, S. Lilly, L. M. Mayer, J. Mesot, M. R. Meyer, B. Moore, F. Pauss, D. Pescia, A. Refregier, R. Renner, A. Rubbia, T. C. Schulthess, U. Seljak, M. Sigrist, M. Troyer, E. H. Türeci, J. F. van der Veen, A. Vaterlaus, R. Wallny, W. Wegscheider, D. Wyler, A. Zheludev
AbstractResearch colloquium
Prerequisites / NoticeOccasionally, talks may be delivered in German.
402-0501-00LSolid State Physics Information 0 credits1SB. Batlogg, G. Blatter, K. Ensslin, D. Pescia, M. Sigrist, M. Troyer, J. F. van der Veen
AbstractResearch colloquium
402-0514-00LModern Topics in Solid State Physics6 credits3GB. Batlogg
AbstractStudents will be introduced to selected current "hot" topics of modern condensed matter physics. (e.g. ORG. SEMICOND., QUANTUM MAGNETS, HIGH TEMP. SUPERCONDUCTIVITY, GRAPHENE, NANOTUBES, MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS, QUANTUM PHASE TRANSITIONS, SPINTRONICS, TOPOLOGICAL INSULATORS, etc. see "Inhalt"). We discuss: conceptual questions, methods, and the role of new materials to study novel physics.
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is to provide an introduction to current "hot topics" of condensed matter physics. Conceptional questions will be addressed, experimental methods will be mentioned, and the connection to the relevant materials will be made. The interplay between theoretical and experimental contributions will be highlighted.

Audience: Students of Physics, Materials Science, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences.
ContentA list of topics is given in the following, and it will be modified according to the students' preferences and the latest developments in research.

ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTORS (1D/2D conduction, electron-lattice interaction, transport in molecular organic crystals, applications in thin film electronics, printed electronics)

QUANTUM MAGNETS (Low-dimensional magnetism, spin liquids, spin chains, spin ladders, Haldane conjecture, gapped – non-gapped excitation spectra)

HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTIVITY (the new iron pnictide class, cuprate superconductors, phase diagram, pseudogap, order parameter symmetry, application status in cables and electronics, ...)
GRAPHENE , NANOTUBES (carbon- and others, electronic properties, helicity, “circuits from nanowires”, 2 D el. structure, graphene sheet, )

MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS (charge transport across a single molecule, is it a way towards a new computing paradigm?)

QUANTUM PHASE TRANSITIONS (transitions at zero temperature from one electronic ground state to an other, as function of a driving parameter, such as electron count, pressure, magnetic field, ...)

GIANT and COLOSSAL MAGNETORESISTANCE (physics and materials of these phenomena that are of great current technical interest)


Additional topics will be considered upon request.
Lecture notesNumerous hand-outs will be distributed during the course.
LiteratureReferences to original literature and review articles will be distributed.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is offered for students who seek to familiarize themselves with modern topics in condensed matter physics, a branch of physics that poses great intellectual challenges and is also of great significance for modern technology.

The teaching style emphasizes active student involvement and "learning by teaching".

The course is given by an experienced experimental physicist who has been working on a wide range of topics in condensed matter physics. He will be glad to consider requests for discussion of additional topics.

Depending on the student's preferences, the course language will be German and/or English.