Manfred Fiebig: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Manfred Fiebig
FieldMultifunctional Ferroic Materials
Multifunktionale Ferroische Mat.
ETH Zürich, HCI E 488.1
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 26 90
Fax+41 44 633 11 54
RelationshipFull Professor

327-1300-00LJoint Group Seminar Restricted registration - show details
Only for doctoral students D-MATL
0 credits1SM. Fiebig, N. Spaldin
AbstractSeminar for doctoral students and researchers in the field of condensed matter physics
ObjectiveImproved integration of the research projects of the participating groups.
ContentPresentation and discussion of current research work.
Prerequisites / NoticeOwn scientific work.
327-2203-00LComplex Materials II: Structure & Properties5 credits4GJ. F. Löffler, M. Fiebig
AbstractThe course presents structure-property relationships in complex materials, such as ferroic crystals, heterostructures and disordered materials.
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is to impart detailed knowledge of the structure-property relationships in complex materials, such as ferroic crystals, heterostructures and disordered materials. Students are encouraged to reflect critically on the topics taught in the lecture. They should give critical feedback and in this way structure the progress of the lecture.
ContentIn part 1, single crystals and heterostructures will be investigated for unconventional manifestations of ferroic order, such as (anti-) ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity, ferrotoroidicity and in particular the coexistence of two or more of these. Domains and their interaction are of particular interest. They are visualized by laser-optical and force microscopy techniques. Very often the (multi-)ferroic order is a consequence of the competing interactions between spins, charges, orbitals, and lattices. This interplay is resolved by ultrafast laser spectroscopy with access to the sub-picosecond timescale.

Part 2 focuses on the synthesis and processing of amorphous materials using physical routes. The resulting structure is discussed, as well as their thermodynamics and kinetics. The course focuses in particular on the relationships between the structure of glassy metals and other disordered materials and their resulting mechanical, thermophysical, biomedical and electronic properties. As to processing, new manufacturing routes such as 3D printing of metals are also introduced.
Lecture notesLecture material is presented in the form of slides and assignments, with the aim that the students develop their own, critical perspective on the subject. This results in a continuous adoption of the lecture content with respect to the feedback given by the students. A script is not provided as it would promote a "read, memorize, and reproduce" learning perspective, which is the exact opposite of the intention of this course.
LiteratureReferences to original articles and reviews for further reading will be provided.
Prerequisites / NoticeKnowledge in the physics of materials, as provided by the ETH Zurich B.S. curriculum in Materials Science. Students are encouraged to provide continuous feedback so that the topics covered by the lecture can be constantly adopted.
402-0558-00LCrystal Optics in Intense Light Fields6 credits2V + 1UM. Fiebig
AbstractBecause 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.
ObjectiveIn 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
ContentCrystal 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 notesExtensive 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 / NoticeBasic 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.