402-0528-12L  Ultrafast Methods in Solid State Physics

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersY. M. Acremann, S. Johnson
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


402-0528-12 VUltrafast Methods in Solid State Physics2 hrs
Fri09:45-11:30HIT F 32 »
Y. M. Acremann, S. Johnson
402-0528-12 UUltrafast Methods in Solid State Physics1 hrs
Fri11:45-12:30HIT F 32 »
Y. M. Acremann, S. Johnson

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AbstractThis course provides an overview of experimental methods and techniques used to study dynamical processes in solids. Many processes in solids happen on a picosecond to femtosecond time scale. In this course we discuss different methods to generate femtosecond photon pulses and measurement techniques adapted to time resolved experiments.
ObjectiveThe 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. These "ultrafast methods" potentially lead both to an improved understanding of fundamental interactions in condensed matter and to applications in data storage, materials processing and computing.
ContentThe topical course outline is as follows:

0. Introduction
Time scales in solids and technology
Time vs. frequency domain experiments
Pump-Probe technique

1. Ultrafast processes in solids, an overview
Electron gas
Spin system

2. Ultrafast optical-frequency methods
Ultrafast laser sources
Broadband techniques
Harmonic generation, optical parametric amplification
Advanced pump-probe techniques

3. THz-frequency methods
Mid-IR and THz interactions with solids
Difference frequency mixing
Optical rectification

4. Ultrafast VUV and x-ray frequency methods
Synchrotron based sources
Free electron lasers
Higher harmonic generation based sources
X-ray diffraction
Time resolved X-ray microscopy
Coherent imaging

5. Electron spectroscopy in the time domain
Lecture notesWill be distributed.
LiteratureWill be distributed.
Prerequisites / NoticeAlthough the course "Ultrafast Processes in Solids" (402-0526-00L) is useful as a companion to this course, it is not a prerequisite.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersY. M. Acremann, S. Johnson
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
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