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Experimental methods in condensed matter physics


Y. Ando, M. Braden, M. Grüninger, J. Hemberger, P. van Loosdrecht, T. Lorenz, T. Michely and I. Lindfors-Vrejoiu

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 11, 2018, the last lecture will be given on July 11, 2018.
location seminar room 2, Institute of Physics II


11.04.2018LorenzGrowth of high-quality bulk single crystals
18.04.2018LorenzThermodynamics and transport (specific heat, thermal expansion, electric and thermal transport)
25.04.2018HembergerDynamic response 1 - Permittivity and conductivity
02.05.2018HembergerDynamic response 2 - Magnetic susceptibility, spin-resonance, and ultrasound
09.05.2018BradenScattering methods I: structure determination (x-rays, electrons, neutrons)
16.05.2018BradenScattering methods II: excitations (phonons and magnons)
30.05.2018MichelySurface Microscopy I: Basic concepts, AFM and STM, LEEM
06.06.2018MichelySurface Microscopy II: Spectroscopic methods, inelastic and spin polarized tunneling
13.06.2018AndoThin film devices (device fabrication, field-effect gating, magnetotransport)
20.06.2018GrüningerOptical spectroscopy (dielectric function,ellipsometry, FTIR, time-domain spectroscopy)
27.06.2018van LoosdrechtUltrafast spectroscopy (UV-VIS-IR based)
04.07.2018Grüninger Inelastic light scattering (Raman, RIXS)
11.07.2018Lindfors-VrejoiuPulsed Laser Deposition


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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)