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260059 PR Practical Course - Light matter interaction (2017S)

Computational physics, quantum optics and holography for teacher candidates

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. 6 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This practical course is scheduled for July, 3rd to 14th (6.5 hours net/day). It takes place at the Gödel lecture hall (July 3rd-5th, Computational part: Kerstin Hummer) and thereafter in the corresponding labs (Quantum optics part: Giulia Rubino, Holography part: Martin Fally).

  • Thursday 20.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Kleiner Seminarraum, Zi.3510, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien (Kickoff Class)
  • Monday 03.07. 08:00 - 20:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
  • Tuesday 04.07. 08:00 - 20:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
  • Wednesday 05.07. 08:00 - 20:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
  • Thursday 06.07. 08:00 - 18:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
  • Friday 07.07. 08:00 - 18:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
  • Wednesday 12.07. 08:00 - 23:00 Kleiner Seminarraum, Zi.3510, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien
  • Thursday 13.07. 08:00 - 23:00 Kleiner Seminarraum, Zi.3510, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk., 1090 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

The students will gain understanding of the linear and non-linear interactions between light and matter by conducting computer simulations and photonic experiments. The students will learn how to design, set up and perform computer simulations and photonic experiments, how to analyze the obtained data and interpret their results.

(1) Computational part:
(a) Introduction in computational physics
(b) Theoretical basics for calculating the optical properties of semiconductors
(c) Performing computer simulations with VASP
(d) Analysis and interpretation of the obtained data
(2) Quantum optics:
(a) Optimization and characterization of a single photon source
(b) Direct observation of a fundamental quantum effect by means of two interfering photons
(c) Automation of the experiments by programming in LabView
(3) Holography:
(a) Set up of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer for
(b) recording an elementary hologram in a
(c) non-linear optical crystal and
(d) determination of the relevant physical quantities such as the grating spacing and the modulation of the refractive index.

The students will be instructed to perform computer simulations (1) and photonic experiments (2 & 3). They will present their experiments, observations, analysis and interpretation in short presentations.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance and participation in all course units, written records (team work) on the computer simulations (1), the quantum optics (2), and the holography (3) part. Each student will give one oral presentation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The rules for "prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltungen" apply. The attendance at all course units is required (including July 14th for the presentation). In each course unit the students can collect 3 points for their active participation. For each protocol a maximum of 10 points is achievable and the presentation also counts 10 points.
The total amount of points is as follows:
Participation: 30 points
Protocols: 30 points
Presentation: 10 points
Total number of points: 70
For a positive grade a minimum of 15 points for participation, 5 points for each protocol and 5 points for the presentation are required (35 in total).
Grading key:
70 - 62 points: 1 (excellent)
61 - 53 points: 2 (good)
52 - 43 points: 3 (satisfactory)
42 - 35 points: 4 (passed)
34 - 0 points: 5 (failed)

Examination topics

Basic computational physics, quantum optics, and non-linear optics

Reading list

ad (1) Lecture notes K. Hummer (work in progress); Friedhelm Bechstedt "Many-Body Approach to Electronic Excitations", Springer Verlag, Berlin (2015); ISBN 978-3-662-44593-8
ad (2) Lecture notes G. Rubino, and T. Stroemberg (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByYsDsJO2ysFdFNqdUxxSUtQb0k/view?usp=sharing); R. W. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics, Elsevier Academic Press
ad (3) G.A. Reider, Photonik Springer-Verlag (e-book with unet-account download for free: http://link.springer.com.uaccess.univie.ac.at/book/10.1007/978-3-7091-1521-3 ); Slides "Introduction to Photonics" ( http://homepage.univie.ac.at/Martin.Fally/teach/photonics/16/Photonics_ST16.pdf ); Lecture notes M. Fally ( http://homepage.univie.ac.at/Martin.Fally/teach/PRM1.pdf ); Holography and Data Storage ( http://nlp.exp.univie.ac.at/reprints/Imlau-07.pdf ), in Handbook of Lasers and Optics; Hariharan, Basics of Holography, Cambridge-University Press;

Association in the course directory

LA-Ph213, UF MA PHYS 01a, UF MA PHYS 01b, UF MA PHYS 02a, UF MA PHYS 02b

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