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Experimental methods in condensed matter physics


Y. Ando, M. Braden, A. Grüneis, M. Grüninger, J. Hemberger, I. Lindfors-Vrejoiu, 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 Monday, 10:00 - 11:30
The lecture starts on April 1, 2019, the last lecture will be given on July 8, 2019.
location seminar room 2, Institute of Physics II


01.04.2019LorenzGrowth of high-quality bulk single crystals
08.04.2019LorenzThermodynamics and transport (specific heat, thermal expansion, electric and thermal transport)
15.04.2019HembergerDynamic response 1 - Permittivity and conductivity
29.04.2019HembergerDynamic response 2 - Magnetic susceptibility, spin-resonance, and ultrasound
06.05.2019AndoThin film devices (device fabrication, field-effect gating, magnetotransport)
13.05.2019MichelySurface Microscopy I: Basic concepts, AFM and STM, LEEM
20.05.2019MichelySurface Microscopy II: Spectroscopic methods, inelastic and spin polarized tunneling
27.05.2019GrüningerOptical spectroscopy (dielectric function,ellipsometry, FTIR, time-domain spectroscopy)
03.06.2019GrüneisAngular Resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy (ARPES)
10.06.2019---Pentecoast (no lecture)
17.06.2019BradenDiffraction methods (x-rays, electrons, neutrons
24.06.2019GrüningerInelastic light scattering (Raman, RIXS)
01.07.2019van LoosdrechtUltrafast spectroscopy
08.07.2019Lindfors-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)