Summer term 2014

The time window for the summer term 2014 is
Apr 7 - June 6, 2014 and June 16 - July 19, 2014.
The following lectures are offered:

General lecture Nanostructured Materials

lecturer:Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
Dr. D Ryndyk (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:Lecture: On Tuesdays, 9.20-10.50
Exercise: On Wednesdays, 13.00-14.30
location:ZEU/114/H, Zeuner-Bau, George-Bähr-Str. 3c (Lecture)
BER/105/H, Berndt-Bau, Helmholtzstr. 7 (Exercises)
content:scaling laws, mesoscopic systems, quantum effects, synthesis of clusters and nanotubes, density of states and electron transport in low-dimensional systems, theoretical foundations of scanning tunnelling microscopy, atomic force microscopy, chemical atomic force microscopy, and near-field scanning optical microscopy, nanostructuring via electron beam lithography, optical lithography, and scanning probe techniques, giant magnetoresistance, single-electron devices, lab classes for scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy

General lecture Atomic systems in strong laser fields

lecturer:Dr. F Grossmann (Theoretical Physics, TUD)
Prof. U Saalmann (MPI-PKS)
time:On Mondays, 13.00-14.30; On Wednesdays, 9.20-10.50
location:BZW A120 (Zellescher Weg 17)
content: Time-dependent quantum theory, field-matter coupling and two-level systems, elementary processes in strong laser fields, laser-driven dynamics in molecules, intense X-rays from free-electron lasers, imaging

General lecture Open quantum systems and stochastic processes

lecturer: Prof. W Strunz (Theoretical Quantum Optics, TUD)
time:On Thursdays, 9.20-10.50; On Fridays, 11.10-12.40
location:Thursday-slot: BZW A120 (Zellescher Weg 17)
Friday-slot: Seminar building SE2, room 103 (main campus)
content: - Introduction - stochastic processes - Fokker-Planck equation, Langevin equation - open quantum systems - master equation, path integral influence functional - stochastic Schrödinger equations - continuous measurement

Special lecture The primary steps of photosynthesis

lecturer:Dr. A Eisfeld (MPI-PKS)
time:Will be decided together with the participants
location:Will be decided together with the participants
content:Photosynthetic organisms and their light harvesting systems, Basic mechanisms of absorption and energy transfer, Theoretical description (exciton theory, molecular dynamics, open quantum system approaches), Experimental techniques, Quantum Biology

Special lecture Introduction to Bionanotechnology

lecturer:Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:On Tuesdays, 14.50-16.20
location:Seminar room B1, Max-Bergmann-Center, Budapester Str. 27
content: Applications of biomimetical principles for the synthesis of nanostructures and nanopatterns and the molecular structure of biomaterials. The main topics are: Properties of the matter at the nanoscale; Merging nano and bio: applications, e.g. DNA origami; Nanomaterials for biotechnology -environmental aspect, toxicity applications; Biomaterials - biomimetic materials, tissues engineering; Micro fluidics and nano fluidics as a tool for bio nanotechnology; Biomolecular circuits assembly: molecular networks; Scanning probe techniques for bionanotechnology.

Special lecture Computational Many-Body Physics

lecturer:Dr. J H Bardarson (MPI-PKS)
Dr. F Pollmann (MPI-PKS)
time:On Wednesdays, 16.40-18.10
NOTE: possible shift on Apr. 23, May 21, and June 18. due to clash with IMPRS seminar
location:MPI-PKS Seminar room 1+2, Nöthnitzer Str. 38
content: Computational techniques are an important part of modern theoretical physics. This is particularly true for systems, such as certain strongly correlated condensed matter systems, which physics is not analytically tractable and there is no obvious way of treating them with mean field and perturbation theories. In this class we will discuss some of the most common techniques used in many-body physics with a particular emphasis on strongly correlated physics. The focus of the lectures will be on the concepts and details of the algorithms, while specific implementations will be left to examples and exercises.
Techniques and concepts that will be discussed include: Monte Carlo techniques, Scaling analysis, Exact diagonalization, Matrix product states, Density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) and related techniques. Basic knowledge of Condensed Matter Theory and Statistical Physics are expected. Any code that we provide will be in Python.

Special lecture Theoretical Biophysics

lecturer:Prof. F Jülicher (MPI-PKS)
Dr. S Grill (MPI-PKS)
time: Lecture: On Tuesdays, 11.10-12.40; Tutorial: On Thursdays, 14.50-15.35
location: MPI-PKS Seminar room 3, Nöthnitzer Str. 38
content:Statistical physics of polymers and biological membranes, active processes, stochastic motion in potential landscapes, dynamics of biological molecules

Special lecture Atomic Bose-Einstein condensates and Rydberg gases

lecturer:Dr. S Wüster (MPI-PKS)
time:On Wednesdays, 16.40-18.10
NOTE: possible shift on Apr. 23, May 21, and June 18. due to clash with IMPRS seminar
location:BZW A120 (Zellescher Weg 17)
content:Ultra-cold atomic gases: statistics, trapping, cooling, scattering
Bose-Einstein Condensates:
Gross-Pitaevskii theory and beyond, quantum simulation
Rydberg atoms: wave-functions, excitation, interaction, dipole blockade
See also the lecture homepage here »

Special lecture Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics

lecturer:Dr. H Zoubi (MPI-PKS)
time:On Mondays, 16.40-18.10
content: Overview of specific Condensed Matter Systems: Magnetic Order, Superfluidity, and Superconductivity; Lagrangian Formulation: One-Dimensional String (Phonons); Classical Fields: Klein-Gordon, Maxwell, and Proca Equations, Real and Complex Scalar Fields, Abelian and Non-Abelian Gauge Symmetry, Noether’s Theorem; Canonical Quantization of Scalar Fields, Bohm-Aharonov Effect, Berry’s Phase; Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Goldstone Bosons; Higgs Mechanism: Meissner Effect; Nonlinear Field Theories: sine-Gordon, and Phi-4 Models; Solitons: Kinks and Topological Charges; Vortices: Abrikosov-Nielsen-Olesen Vortex; Magnetic Monopoles: Dirac String.


lecturer:Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:On Thursdays, 13.00-14.00
location:Seminar room 115, Hallwachsstr. 3
content: The seminar series features invited talks by international renowned scientists and researchers from academia and industry.