D-PHYS - Autumn Semester 2015

Symmetries in Physics (HS15)

The course introduces the theory and phenomenology of the recently discovered Higgs boson. With this course the students will receive a detailed introduction to the physics of the Higgs boson in the Standard Model. They will acquire the necessary theoretical and experimental background to understand the main production and decay channels of the Higgs boson at high-energy colliders, and the corresponding experimental signatures.

Optical Properties of Semiconductors

The rich physics of the optical properties of semiconductors, as well as the advanced processing available on these material, enabled numerous applications (lasers, LEDs and solar cells) as well as the realization of new physical concepts. Systems that will be covered include quantum dots, exciton-polaritons, quantum Hall fluids and graphene-like materials.

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Programming Techniques for Scientific Simulations I

This lecture provides an overview of programming techniques for scientific simulations. The focus is on advances C++ programming techniques and scientific software libraries. Based on an overview over the hardware components of PCs and supercomputer, optimization methods for scientific simulation codes are explained.

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Observational Techniques in Astrophysics

The course introduces analysis techniques, the basics of astronomical instruments, real-world observational tools, data reduction strategy and software packages used in astrophysics research. The course will also include discussions of current topics in astrophysics with a focus on active galaxies. The course will include the reduction and analysis of real data from a variety of observatories.

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Statistical Physics

This lecture covers the concepts of classical and quantum statistical physics, and some aspects of kinetic gas theory. In a more advanced part Bose-Einstein condensation, general mean field theory and critical phenomena will be addressed. Finally also various aspects of linear response theory will be discussed.

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Quantum Optics

This course gives an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Quantum Optics and will highlight state-of-the-art developments in this rapidly evolving discipline. The topics covered include the quantum nature of light, semi-classical and quantum mechanical description of light-matter interaction, laser manipulation of atoms and ions, optomechanics and quantum computation.

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