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Experimental methods in condensed matter physics


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

Aims of the course:

To give an overview of the methods used in modern experimental condensed matter physics. 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 19, 2017, the last lecture will be given on July 26, 2017.
locationseminar room, Institute of Physics II


19.4.2017LorenzGrowth of high-quality bulk single crystals
26.4.2017LorenzThermodynamics and transport (specific heat, thermal expansion, electric and thermal transport)
3.5.2017AndoThin film devices (device fabrication, field-effect gating, magnetotransport)
10.5.2017BradenScattering methods I: structure determination (x-rays, electrons, neutrons)
17.5.2017BradenScattering methods II: excitations (phonons and magnons)
24.5.2017HembergerAC and DC susceptibility
31.5.2017GrüneisPhotoemission spectroscopy (XPS, UPS, inverse PES, ARPES)
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14.6.2017GrüneisX-ray absorption (NEXAFS) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, spin-resolved ARPES
21.6.2017MichelySurface science I: sample preparation and vacuum technology
28.6.2017MichelySurface science II: high-resolution surface microscopy
5.7.2017GrüningerOptical spectroscopy (dielectric function,ellipsometry, FTIR, time-domain spectroscopy)
12.7.2017GrüningerInelastic light scattering (Raman, RIXS)
19.7.2017van LoosdrechtUltrafast spectroscopy I (UV-VIS-IR based)
26.7.2017van LoosdrechtUltrafast spectroscopy II (x-ray based)


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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)