Master Seminar (SS20)

Condensed Matter Physics Master Seminar SS20: Optical Methods

Optical methods are used very widely in solid-state physics research for the preparation, characterization and investigation of the properties of various materials and systems due to their versatility and availability. Methods range from direct imaging, to scattering and spectroscopy. In this seminar series we will explore examples of this in a range of solid state systems.

Expectations for the seminar:

  1. Contact the supervisor of the lecture at least 4 weeks before the assigned lecture date
  2. Discussion of the first draft of the lecture at latest 2 weeks before the lecture
  3. Test talk with supervisor at least 1 week before the lecture date
  4. Length of presentation: 30 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A
  5. Language: English

To select a topic from the list below, please send an email as soon as possible to with a couple of preferences. Topics and dates for the schedule are assigned on a first-come first served basis. Once your chosen topic has been confirmed you will be required to contact the designated supervisor to arrange a suitable date (subject to availability) and to get material to prepare the talk. Please make sure you also register for this course as usual via Jogustine.

If you have any queries or would like further information please contact Dr. Robert Reeve:

Current List of Topics: (Supervisor name in brackets)

- Monitoring frost formation by confocal microscopy (Vollmer, Hauer, Wong)
- Super-Heterodyne Velocimetry for ultra-slow motion (Palberg)
- The structure of natural and synthetic Opal from laser light scattering (Palberg)
- Dynamic Differential Microscopy and application to microscopic precursors of failure (Palberg)
- Bulk Studies with hard X-ray photoemission (Elmers)
- Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) magnetometry - introduction and optical readout schemes for highest sensitivity (Schmidt-Kaler)
- Advanced applications of Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) at the nanoscale (Wickenbrock)
- Optical conductivity in solids probed by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (Demsar)
- Linear and nonlinear Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (Demsar)
- Electron-phonon thermalization in metals probed by femtosecond whitelight spectroscopy (Demsar)
- Pulsed Laser Deposition (Jakob)
- Raman Scattering (Jakob)
- Interface characterization via optical sum frequency generation spectroscopy (Backus, Deiseroth)