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Experimental Methods


Y. Ando, M. Braden, A. Grüneis, M. Grüninger, J. Hemberger, P. v. Loosdrecht, T. Lorenz, T. Michely

Aims of the course:

To give an overview of the methods used in modern experimental condensed matter physics research. The contents of the course relate to synthesis, structural characterization, transport properties and spectroscopy. Specific consideration will be given to the methods that have been developed and are used at the University of Cologne. 

time Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
The lecture starts on April 13, 2016, the final regular lecture will be on July 20, 2016.
locationseminar room II


13.4.2016LorenzGrowth of high quality bulk single crystals
20.4.2016AndoThin film devices (device fabrication, field-effect gating, magnetotransport)
27.4.2016LorenzThermodynamics and Transport (specific heat, thermal expansion, electric and thermal transport)
4.5.2016BradenScattering methods I: structure determination (x-rays, electrons, neutrons)
11.5.2016BradenScattering methods II: excitations (phonons and magnons)
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25.5.2016GrüningerOptical spectroscopy (dielectric function,THz, infrared, VIS-UV)
1.6.2016GrüningerInelastic light scattering (Raman, RIXS)
8.6.2016HembergerAC and DC susceptibility I
15.6.2016HembergerAC and DC susceptibility II
22.6.2016Matteo MontagneseUltrafast spectroscopy I (UV-VIS-IR based)
29.6.2016MichelyHigh resolution microscopy and local spectroscopy I: Preparation of surfaces, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy
6.7.2016Matteo MontagneseUltrafast spectroscopy II (x-ray based)
13.7.2016GrüneisPhotoemission spectroscopy (XPS, UPS, inverse PES, ARPES)
20.7.2016GrüneisX-ray absorption (NEXAFS) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, spin-resolved ARPES


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Crystal growth:

G. Dhanaraj, K. Byrappa, V. Prasad, and M. Dudley, eds., Springer Handbook of Crystal Growth (Springer, 2010).


C. Giacovazzo, Fundamentals of Crystallography (Oxford Science Publications, 1992)

Neutron scattering:

G.L. Squires, Thermal Neutron Scattering (Cambridge University Press, 1978)

Raman/optical spectroscopy:

Kuzmany: Solid-State Spectroscopy: An Introduction (Springer, 2009)

Ultrafast spectroscopy:

Optical Techniques for Solid-State Materials Characterization, eds. Rohit P. Prasankumar, Antoinette J. Taylor, CRC press (2011). ISBN 9781439815373.

Scanning probe techniques:

Bert Voigtländer: Scanning Probe Microscopy (Springer 2015)

Photoelectron Spectroscopy:

S. Hüfner, Photoelectron Spectroscopy Principles and Applications (Springer, 1996)


Joachim Stohr ,NEXAFS Spectroscopy (Springer, 1996)