# Search result: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2017

Physics Bachelor | ||||||

Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2010) | ||||||

Compulsory Courses | ||||||

Second Year Compulsory Courses | ||||||

Examination Block II | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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402-0204-00L | Electrodynamics | O | 7 credits | 4V + 2U | M. Gaberdiel | |

Abstract | Derivation and discussion of Maxwell's equations, from the static limit to the full dynamical case. Wave equation, waveguides, cavities. Generation of electromagnetic radiation, scattering and diffraction of light. Structure of Maxwell's equations, relativity theory and covariance, Lagrangian formulation. Dynamics of relativistic particles in the presence of fields and radiation properties. | |||||

Learning objective | Develop a physical understanding for static and dynamic phenomena related to (moving) charged objects and understand the structure of the classical field theory of electrodynamics (transverse versus longitudinal physics, invariances (Lorentz-, gauge-)). Appreciate the interrelation between electric, magnetic, and optical phenomena and the influence of media. Understand a set of classic electrodynamical phenomena and develop the ability to solve simple problems independently. Apply previously learned mathematical concepts (vector analysis, complete systems of functions, Green's functions, co- and contravariant coordinates, etc.). Prepare for quantum mechanics (eigenvalue problems, wave guides and cavities). | |||||

Content | Classical field theory of electrodynamics: Derivation and discussion of Maxwell equations, starting from the static limit (electrostatics, magnetostatics, boundary value problems) in the vacuum and in media and subsequent generalization to the full dynamical case (Faraday's law, Ampere/Maxwell law; potentials and gauge invariance). Wave equation and solutions in full space, half-space (Snell's law), waveguides, cavities, generation of electromagnetic radiation, scattering and diffraction of light (optics). Application to various specific examples. Discussion of the structure of Maxwell's equations, Lorentz invariance, relativity theory and covariance, Lagrangian formulation. Dynamics of relativistic particles in the presence of fields and their radiation properties (synchrotron). | |||||

Literature | J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics W.K.H Panovsky and M. Phillis, Classical electricity and magnetism L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz, and L.P. Pitaevskii, Electrodynamics of continuus media A. Sommerfeld, Electrodynamics / Optics (Lectures on Theoretical Physics) M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of optics R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, The Feynman Lectures of Physics, Vol II W. Nolting, Elektrodynamik (Grundkurs Theoretische Physik 3) | |||||

401-2334-00L | Methods of Mathematical Physics II | O | 6 credits | 3V + 2U | H. Knörrer | |

Abstract | Group theory: groups, representation of groups, unitary and orthogonal groups, Lorentz group. Lie theory: Lie algebras and Lie groups. Representation theory: representation theory of finite groups, representations of Lie algebras and Lie groups, physical applications (eigenvalue problems with symmetry). | |||||

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Core Courses | ||||||

Core Courses in Experimental Physics | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

402-0266-00L | Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics | W | 10 credits | 3V + 2U | K. S. Kirch | |

Abstract | Introduction to the concepts of nuclear and particle physics. | |||||

Learning objective | Introduction to the concepts of nuclear and particle physics. Discussion of new theoretical concepts and important experiments, which brought about major breakthroughs in our understanding of the underlying physics. Applications of nuclear and particle physics. Links between particle physics and cosmology. | |||||

Content | - Building blocks of matter (quarks and leptons) and their interactions (QED, QCD, weak interaction) - The Standard Model of particle physics und open fundamental questions - Bound systems (nuclear forces, structure of nuclei, stability) - Applications of nuclear and particle physics (nuclear fusion and fission) - Nuclear physics, particle physics and cosmology | |||||

Lecture notes | More information and additional material concerning lecture and excersises are collected at Moodle, link to be published. | |||||

Literature | - Povh et al.: Teilchen und Kerne, Springer Verlag 2009 - Henley, Garcia: Subatomic Physics, World Scientific 2007 - Griffith: Introduction to Elementary Particles, Wiley VCH 2008 - Demtroeder: Experimentalphysik IV: Kern- Teilchen- und Astrophysik, Springer Verlag, 2009 See the web site for more suggestions | |||||

402-0275-00L | Quantum Electronics | W | 10 credits | 3V + 2U | S. Johnson | |

Abstract | Classical and semi-classical introduction to Quantum Electronics. Mandatory for further elective courses in Quantum Electronics. The field of Quantum Electronics describes propagation of light and its interaction with matter. The emphasis is set on linear pulse and beam propagation in dispersive media, optical anisotropic materials, and waveguides and lasers. | |||||

Learning objective | Teach the fundamental building blocks of Quantum Electronics. After taking this course students will be able to describe light propagation in dispersive and nonlinear media, as well as the operation of polarization optics and lasers. | |||||

Content | Propagation of light in dispersive media Light propagation through interfaces Interference and coherence Interferometry Fourier Optics Beam propagation Optical resonators Laser fundamentals Polarization optics Waveguides Nonlinear optics | |||||

Lecture notes | Scripts will be distributed in class (online) via moodle | |||||

Literature | Reference: Saleh, B.E.A., Teich, M.C.; Fundamentals of Photonics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., newest edition | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Mandatory lecture for physics students Prerequisites (minimal): vector analysis, differential equations, Fourier transformation | |||||

Core Courses: Theoretical Physics Recommended for the second year (4th semester): Theory of Heat | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

402-2214-00L | Theory of Heat | W | 10 credits | 3V + 2U | R. Renner | |

Abstract | Thermodynamics and its applications, and basics of the kinetic theory of gases and of statistical mechanics: equilibrium, work and heat, laws of thermodynamics, Carnot process, absolute temperature, entropy, ideal gas, thermodynamic potentials, phase transitions, multicomponent systems; Boltzmann equation, H-Theorem, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution; statistical ensembles. | |||||

Learning objective | Develop a physical understanding for thermodynamic phenomena and first contact with statistical descriptions, e.g., transport described through Boltzmann equation or classical statistical physics. Equilibrium thermodynamics as described via state variables as opposed to non-equilibrium transport phenomena. Phase transformations, such as liquid-gas or ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition. Application of mathematical concepts such as theory of functions of many variables, Legendre transformation, statistical sums. Preparation for (quantum-)statistical mechanics. | |||||

Content | Thermodynamics and its applications, and basics of the kinetic theory of gases and of statistical mechanics: equilibrium, work and heat, laws of thermodynamics, Carnot process, absolute temperature, entropy, ideal gas, thermodynamic potentials, phase transitions, multicomponent systems; Boltzmann equation, H-Theorem, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution; statistical ensembles. | |||||

402-0234-00L | Mechanics of Continua | W | 10 credits | 3V + 2U | G. M. Graf | |

Abstract | Mechanics of Elastic Media and Hydrodynamics: Strain and stress tensor, field equations, equilibrium, waves and oscillations. Dynamics of fluids, Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, Bernoulli equation, vortices, waves, potential flows; viscous fluids, Reynolds number, Stokes drag, boundary layers, instabilities, turbulence. | |||||

Learning objective | Knowledge of the essential concepts and methods of theoretical mechanics of elastic media and hydrodynamics. Consolidation through examples and solution of exercise problems. | |||||

Content | Introduction to the concepts and methods of theoretical mechanics of elastic media and hyrdodynamics: relation between strain and stress tensor, balance equations, field equations of elastic media, elastostatics, waves and oscillations, lattice dislocations and plastic deformation. Dynamics of fluida, Euler equations of ideal fluida, Navier-Stokes equations of real fluids, Bernoulli equations, vortex theorems of Thomson and Helmholtz, dynamics of vortices, oscillation and waves in fluida, surface waves, two-dimensional potential flow, circulation, Magnus force, theorems of Kutta and Zhukovski, flow around profiles (cylinder, platte, aerofoil), Kutta condition. Incompressible viscos fluida, Reynolds number, Hagen-Poisseuille flow, Stokes law, Prandtl's boundary layer, Couette flow and Taylor instability. Turbulence, instability of laminary flows, Reynolds equations, development of turbulence, Kolmogorov scaling. | |||||

Lecture notes | Lecture notes (German) will be distributed. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | general / classical mechanics | |||||

402-0206-00L | Quantum Mechanics II | W | 10 credits | 3V + 2U | T. K. Gehrmann | |

Abstract | Introduction to many-particle quantum mechanics and quantum statistics. Basic concepts: symmetrised many-body wave functions for fermions and bosons, the Pauli principle, Bose- and Fermi-statistic and second quantisation. Applications include the description of atoms, and the interaction between radiation and matter. | |||||

Learning objective | Introduction to many-particle quantum mechanics and quantum statistics. In particular basic concepts such as symmetrised many-body wave functions for fermions and bosons, the Pauli principle, Bose- and Fermi-statistics and second quantisation will be discussed. Applications include the description of atoms, and the interaction between radiation and matter. | |||||

Content | The description of identical particles leads us to the introduction of symmetrised wave functions for fermions and bosons. We discuss simple few-body problems and proceed with a systematic description of fermionic many body problems in terms of second quantisation. We also discuss basic concepts of quantum statistics. Applications include the description of atoms, and the interaction between radiation and matter. | |||||

Literature | F. Schwabl, Quantenmechanik (Springer) F. Schwabl, Quantenmechanik fuer Fortgeschrittene (Springer) J.J. Sakurai, Advanced Quantum mechanics (Addison Wesley) | |||||

Practical Courses | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

402-0000-04L | Physics Lab II | O | 4 credits | 1V + 4P | A. Biland, M. Doebeli, M. Kroner, S. P. Quanz | |

Abstract | Introductory lab course in experimental physics with accompanying lecture | |||||

Learning objective | Übergeordnetes Thema des Praktikums und der Vorlesung ist die Auseinandersetzung mit den grundlegenden Herausforderungen eines physikalischen Experimentes. Am Beispiel einfacher experimenteller Aufbauten und Aufgaben stehen vor allem folgende Gesichtspunkte im Vordergrund: - Motivation und Herangehensweise in der Experimentalphysik - Praktischer Aufbau von Experimenten und grundlegende Kenntnisse von Messmethoden und Instrumenten - Einführung in relevante statistische Methoden der Datenauswertung und Fehleranalyse - Kritische Beurteilung und Interpretation der Beobachtungen und Ergebnisse - Darstellen und Kommunizieren der Ergebnisse mit Graphiken und Text - Ethische Aspekte der experimentellen Forschung und wissenschaftlicher Kommunikation | |||||

Content | Versuche zu Themen aus den Bereichen der Mechanik, Optik, Wärme, Elektrizität und Kernphysik mit begleitender Vorlesung zur Vertiefung des Verständnisses der Datenanalyse und Interpretation | |||||

Lecture notes | Anleitung zum Physikalischen Praktikum (siehe https://ap.phys.ethz.ch); Vorlesungsskript | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Aus einer Liste von 33 Experimenten müssen 8 Experiment ausgewählt und in Zweiergruppen durchgeführt werden. Voraussetzungen: - Physik I | |||||

402-0240-00L | Advanced Physics Laboratory II Prerequiste: "Advanced Physics Laboratory I" completed. Before enroling in "Advanced Physics Laboratory II", please enrol in "Advanced Physics Laboratory I". Enrol at most once in the course of the Bachelor programme! | W | 9 credits | 18P | C. Grab, T. M. Ihn | |

Abstract | This 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. | |||||

Learning objective | Students learn to independently perform advanced experiments and document them scientifically correct. 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 | |||||

Content | We 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 notes | Instructions for experiments are available in English. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | From 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. | |||||

402-0241-00L | Advanced Physics Laboratory I IMPORTANT: You may not enrol repeatedly in the course of the Bachelor programme. | O | 9 credits | 18P | C. Grab, T. M. Ihn | |

Abstract | This 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. | |||||

Learning objective | Students learn to independently perform advanced experiments and document them scientifically correct. 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 | |||||

Content | We 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 notes | Instructions for experiments are available in English. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | From 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. | |||||

Proseminars, Experimental and Theoretical Semester Papers To organise a semester project take contact with one of the instructors. Not all lecturers are directly eligible in myStudies if "Professors" is the required type of lecturers. In such cases please take contact with the Study Administration (www.phys.ethz.ch/studies/study-administration.html). | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

402-0210-97L | Proseminar Theoretical Physics for Bachelor Students: Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics Number of participants limited to 16. | W | 9 credits | 4S | G. Blatter | |

Abstract | A 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. | |||||

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402-0210-17L | Proseminar Theoretical Physics: The Theory of the Large Hadron Collider Number of participants limited to 24. | W | 9 credits | 4S | C. Anastasiou | |

Abstract | A 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. | |||||

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402-0210-47L | Proseminar Theoretical Physics: Strong Correlations in One Dimension Number of participants limited to 24. | W | 9 credits | 4S | O. Zilberberg | |

Abstract | A 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 theme. | |||||

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402-0210-77L | Proseminar Theoretical Physics: An Introduction to String Theory Number of participants limited to 24. | W | 9 credits | 4S | C. A. Keller | |

Abstract | A 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 theme. | |||||

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402-0217-BSL | Semester Project in Theoretical Physics | W | 9 credits | 18A | Supervisors | |

Abstract | This course unit is an alternative if no suitable "Proseminar Theoretical Physics" is available of if the proseminar is already overbooked. | |||||

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402-0215-BSL | Experimental Semester Project in a Group of the Physics Department | W | 9 credits | 18A | Professors | |

Abstract | The 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. | |||||

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402-0510-BSL | Advanced Solid State Physics Experiments Supervisors for this experimental semester paper: Prof. Christian Degen Prof. Leonardo Degiorgi Prof. Klaus Ensslin Prof. Thomas Ihn Prof. Joël Mesot Prof. Danilo Pescia Prof. Andreas Vaterlaus Prof. Andreas Wallraff Prof. Werner Wegscheider Prof. Andrey Zheludev | W | 9 credits | 18P | Supervisors | |

Abstract | Experiments in condensed matter physics. The work includes the planning, build-up, data taking and analysis, and interpretation of the experimental results. | |||||

Learning objective | Ziel ist das Entwickeln von Fähigkeiten, moderne Experimente in der Festkörperphysik durchzuführen. Dazu dienen experimentelle Arbeiten auf dem Gebiet der Festkörperphysik, meist in enger Zusammenarbeit mit laufenden Forschungsaktivitäten in den Forschungsgruppen. | |||||

Content | Durchführung von Experimenten aus dem Gebiet der Festkörperphysik. Planung, Aufbau, Durchführung, Auswertung und Interpretation der Experimente. | |||||

Lecture notes | n/a | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Arbeiten in einer Forschungsgruppe sind besonders gut geeignet, die Studierenden mit aktuellen Forschungsthemen und mit moderner Instrumentierung bekannt zu machen. | |||||

402-0400-BSL | Advanced Quantum Electronics Experiments Advisors for this experimental semester paper: Prof. Tilman Esslinger Prof. Jérôme Faist Prof. Rachel Grange Prof. Jonathan Home Prof. Atac Imamoglu Prof. Steven Johnson Prof. Ursula Keller | W | 9 credits | 18P | Supervisors | |

Abstract | Implementation of experiments in quantum electronics. Planning, design, realisation, evaluation, and interpretation of the experiments. | |||||

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Content | Durchführung von Versuchen im Gebiet der Optik, z.B. Holographie und Laserphysik. Planung, Aufbau, Durchführung, Auswertung und Interpretation der Experimente. | |||||

402-0719-BSL | Particle Physics at PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) | W | 9 credits | 18P | C. Grab | |

Abstract | During semester break in Summer 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. | |||||

Learning objective | Students 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. | |||||

402-0717-BSL | Particle Physics at CERN | W | 9 credits | 18P | F. Nessi-Tedaldi, W. Lustermann | |

Abstract | During the semester break participating students stay for 4 weeks at CERN and perform experimental work relevant to our particle physics projects. Dates to be agreed upon. | |||||

Learning objective | Students learn the needed skills to, and perform a small particle physics experiment: setup, problem solving, data taking, analysis, interpretation and presentation in a written report of publication quality. | |||||

Content | Detailed information in: http://www@cmsdoc.cern.ch/~nessif/ETHTeilchenpraktikumCERN.html | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Language of instruction: English or German |

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