Winter term 2015/2016

The time window for the winter term 2015/2016 is
Oct 12 - Dec 19, 2015 and Jan 4 - Feb 2, 2016.
The following lectures are offered:

General lecture Chaos and Quantum Chaos

lecturer:Prof. R Ketzmerick (Computational Physics, TUD)
time:On Mondays, 11:10-12:40; On Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00
location:BZW A120, Zellescher Weg 17
content: Hamiltonian chaos: dynamical systems, KAM-theorem, origin of chaotic dynamics, transport in phase space, quantum signatures of chaos: spectra, eigenstates, semiclassics, Gutzwiller trace formula, random matrix theory, experimental systems. Computer simulations will be used for visualization.

General lecture Quantum information

lecturer: Prof. W Strunz (Theoretical Quantum Optics, TUD)
time:On Tuesdays, 13.00-14.30; On Thursdays, 11.10-12.40
location:BZW A120 (Zellescher Weg 17)
content: 1. Introduction 2. Glimpse at classical information theory 3. Quantum states, distance measures, entanglement, correlations, non-locality 4. Quantum communication 5. Quantum computation 6. Quantum noise and quantum channels 7. Entropy and information

General lecture Theory of intense laser-matter-interaction

lecturer: Prof. U Saalmann (MPI-PKS)
time:On Tuesdays, 14.50-16.20; On Thursdays, 14.50-16.20
content: -- basics, laser-matter coupling, time-dependent Schrödinger equation -- time-dependent density functional theory -- intense-field S-matrix theory, strong-field approximation -- basic processes of laser-atom interaction (tunnelling, photo-effect, multi-photon absorption, above-threshold ionisation, high-harmonic generation) -- Xray free-electron laser (principle, imaging applications)

General lecture Concepts of Molecular Modeling

lecturers:Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
Dr. R Gutierrez (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:Lecture: On Tuesdays, 9.20-10.50; Exercises: On Wednesdays, 13.00-14.30; Practical: On Wednesdays, 14.50-16.20
location:Lecture: PAU/212/H, Georg-Bähr-Str. 3b
Exercises: ZEU/118/H, Georg-Bähr-Str. 3c
content: General features of molecular mechanics force fields, Energy minimization and general methods for energy surfaces, Statistical and thermodynamic physical properties: Monte Carlo sampling and molecular dynamics simulations, Computational quantum mechanics, One-electron atoms, Molecular orbitals, Hückel theory, Hartree-Fock equations, DFT, Elements of structure prediction, Car-Parinello-like simulations

General lecture Chaos in higher-dimensional systems

lecturer:Dr. A Bäcker (Computational Physics, TUD)
time:On Tuesdays, 9:20-10:50; On Thursdays, 14:50-16:20
location: BZW A120, Zellescher Weg 17 (Tuesdays); HSZ/108 (Thursdays)
content: Many physical systems of interest have more than two degrees of freedom which can lead to highly complicated dynamical behavior. Examples are the solar system, atoms and molecules or particle accelerators. In this course we give a general introduction to the dynamics of such higher--dimensional systems. Central for the understanding are invariant objects like fixed points, periodic trajectories, invariant tori, and stable and unstable manifolds. So-called non-linear resonances play a crucial role as they are at the heart of the famous Arnold diffusion, which exclusively occurs in higher-dimensional systems. The course will make use of a combination of rigorous mathematical results (including ideas of their proofs), physicists reasoning (aka hand-waving of different severity) and numerical investigations.
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Special lecture Time-periodically driven many-body systems:
Theory and recent experiments

lecturer:Dr. A Eckardt (MPI-PKS)
time:On Wednesdays, 16:40-18:10
location:SE2/201, Zellescher Weg 20
content: Floquet theory (theoretical framework for the treatment of time-periodically driven quantum systems); high-frequency treatment of strongly driven quantum systems; control of many-body lattice systems via peridic driving (Floquet engineering); application to ultracold quantum gases in optical lattices (theory and experimental results): dynamic localization, control of bosonic Mott transition, "photon" assisted tunneling, creation of artificial magentic fields; Floquet-Born-Markov theory for open Floquet systems

Special lecture Superconductivity II

lecturer:Prof. B Büchner (IFW)
time:On Mondays, 11:10-12:40
location:SR B3E.26, IFW, Helmholtzstr. 20
content: The course will cover the most interesting topics of modern research in the field of unconventional superconductivity. We will discuss novel materials (pnictides, cuprates, ruthenates, etc.) where puzzling phenomena occur, the most advanced experimental methods (ARPES, STM, RXS, etc.) which probe their physical properties as well as the fundamental questions (symmetry of the order parameter, electronic correlations, Fermi surface instabilities, etc.) which stay on the way of complete theory of superconductivity.

Special lecture Stochastic Processes

lecturer:Prof. H Kantz (MPI-PKS)
time:On Tuesdays, 13:00-14:30
location:SE2/201, Zellescher Weg 20
content: Stochastic processes comprise a large class of models where uncertainty in the time evolution plays a crucial role. We introduce the basic concepts, present a classification, and will then put the main emphasis on Markov models in discrete and continuous time. The Fokker Planck equation and its relationship to stochastic differential equations will be discussed in detail. Several stochastic problems such as waiting time distributions, hopping rates, and stochastic resonance will be discussed in this framework.

Special lecture Quantum Information and Computation

lecturer:Dr. J H Bardarson (MPI-PKS); Prof. R Moessner (MPI-PKS)
Dr. F Pollmann (MPI-PKS)
time:On Wednesdays, 16.40-18.10
location:MPI-PKS seminar room 1 or 3
content: Basics of quantum mechanics including measurements, density matrices, entanglement, and qubits; quantum information theory: classical + quantum channels, cryptography, Holevo's theorem; quantum computation: algorithms and error corrections; complexity theory; physical realizations of quantum computers including topolological ones; and efficient simulations on classical computers.

Special lecture Computational Materials Science:
Advanced Continuum Modeling

lecturer:Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
Dr. M Bobeth (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:On Mondays, 9.20-10.50 (Lecture)
On Fridays, 7.30-9.00, every second week (Practical)
location:Hallwachsstr. 3, seminar room 115, PC pool
content: Advanced mathematical methods for continuum modeling, Determination of effective macroscopic properties of complex phase morphologies, Modeling of diffusion-convection-processes during microstructure development, Growth processes driven by external fields and capillary driven interface movement (e.g. nanowire growth from solution, sintering), Phase field modeling for simulation of complex phase boundary evolution, Finite-difference- and spectral methods for numerical solution of related partial differential equations, Variational formulation and solution by the finite element method

Special lecture Molecular Electronics

lecturer:Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
Dr. F Moresco (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:On Wednesdays, 11.10-12.40; Exercises on Thursdays, 7.30-9.00
location:Max Bergmann Center, Budapester Str. 27
content: In this lecture the focus is on the basis of molecular electronics. Physicals effects and experimental methods will be treated. The students will learn the main experimental techniques and theoretical tools which allow to investigate and develop electronic systems at the molecular and atomic scale. In particular, the following points will be discussed in detail: Electronic properties of molecules, Transport mechanisms at the nanoscale, Molecules as electronic devices (diodes, transistors, sensors), Scanning probe techniques, Molecular contacts and controlled break junction technique, Connecting strategies and molecular architecture

Special lecture Magnetism on the nanoscale

lecturer:Prof. B Büchner (IFW); Dr. S. Wurmehl (IFW);
Dr. T Mühl (IFW); Dr. J. Dufouleur (IFW)
time:On Mondays, 16:40-18:10
location:SR D2E.27, IFW, Helmholtzstr. 20
content: The aim of this lecture is to give an insight into the exiting research in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials on the nanoscale. We will start with an introduction in the basics of (ferro)magnetism and magnetic materials with particular focus on magnetic anisotropy, domains and exchange biasand we will give an introduction to magnetic microscopy. Using this knowledge, superparamagnetism and molecular magnets will be discussed before we turn to spindynamics including e.g. a discussion on spin transfer torque. During this course, we will cover aspects of spin transport phenomena such as giant and tunneling magneto resistance.

Special lecture Introduction to Bionanotechnology

lecturer:Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
Dr. J Opitz (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:On Thursdays, 9.20-10.50
location: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:
Cellular machines and the engineering approach, DNA based nanotechnology, BioNEMS, Interaction of biomolecules and solid state surfaces, Biotemplating: nanomaterial synthesis based on proteins and DNA, Template development in biological structures, Antibody and aptamere - intelligent nano-building-blocks, Physical principals, Biomolecular sensor technology

Seminar Current Topics in Materials Science

lecturer: Prof. G Cuniberti (Materials Science and Nanotechnology, TUD)
time:On Fridays, 11.10-12.40, Practical: On Thursdays, 7.30-9.00
NOTE: Participants should send an e-mail to
location:Hallwachsstr. 3, seminar room 115
content: Tutor presentations on: Scientific presentation, Leadership, Scientific marketing, Industrial property protection
Student presentations on current topics in materials science, including but not limited to: new materials, solar cells, bioenergy, fuel cells, thermoelectricity, green computing, energy production and storage