Universität Wien FIND

260031 LP Laboratory: Modern methods in materials physics (2022W)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 4 participants
Language: English



The course will be arranged in blocks, with dates agreed during the kick-off meeting. The kick-off meeting will be arranged over email at the beginning of the semester.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course gives concrete hands-on experience in modern research in (experimental) solid state physics demonstrating currently active projects in the different groups.

Exercise topics will cover a wide range of methods ranging from studies of superconductivity and magnetism to atomic resolution transmission electron microscopy and optical spectroscopy. Both experimental as well as computational projects can be offered.

The specific topics for each semester depend on the participating instructors and available laboratories, but every semester includes experimental setups that present the current world-wide state-of-the-art. The topics are briefly described in the kick-off meeting.

The students will be divided into groups of two, and each group will select two different research topics.

Exercises in this course can be expanded into projects for master's and even PhD theses.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course will be graded based on the participation in the practical exercises and the protocols describing each experiment.

Before each exercise, short presentations of the exercise topic needs to be presented to demonstrate that the necessary physical principles behind the used methods have been understood by the participating students.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Both students of a group have to be present and have to contribute to the execution of the experiments. On the basis of the protocol it must be clearly visible that the basic physical principles of the experiment were understood. The experimental data must be analyzed and interpreted correctly.

The protocol must be handed in within two weeks from the end of the practical exercise, unless otherwise agreed with the instructors.

Examination topics

The protocol must provide a clear motivation for the work, briefly summarize the current state-of-the-art based on provided literature, describe the experiments and analysis of the results, and a discussion reflecting on the results and issues encountered during the practical work.

Reading list

Necessary literature will be provided during the course.

Association in the course directory


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