Advanced Lab Course (FOPRA)

The advanced lab course offers the opportunity to undertake complex physics experiments in our research institutes already during your Bachelor’s and Master’s studies.

Students at FoPra experiment (No. 5: doppler-free saturated absorption spectroscopy)Students at FoPra experiment (No. 5: doppler-free saturated absorption spectroscopy). Photo: C. Hamsen.

Recent information for winter semester 2014/15

  • Registration for experiments starts on 10th of October 2014 at 12:00 Uhr. Registration for experiments
  • Schedule of all groups and experiments
  • On Wednesday 8th of October 2014 at 17:00 the preliminary meeting to the FoPra will take place in lecture hall 1 (physics department). This meeting also contains the safety instruction. The presence at this instruction is obligatory for each participant once a year and has to be confirmed by signing on a list during the instruction.
  • To take part at the electronics lab course (experiment no. 90) (weekly fixed date, Monday or Wednesday afternoon schedule) a separate registration via TUMonline is necessary ("First come, first serve").

Experiments in Wintersemester 2014/15

No. Experiment KTA KM BIO AEP
1 Ballistic Transport (Pinball with Electrons)
4 Tracking of Myons from Cosmic Radiation in Drift Tube Chambers
5 Doppler Free Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy
6 Microwave and Detection Techniques in Electron Spin Resonance
7 Molecular Motors
8 High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction
9 Capacitive Properties of a Gold/Electrolyte Interface
13 Laser and Non-Linear Optics
14 Optical Absorption
16 Josephson Effects in Superconductors
17 Mößbauer Effect
19 Transmission of Beta Particles Through Matter
21 Lifetime Measurement
24 Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET)
35 Electron Spectroscopy at Surfaces
36 Extraterrestrial Microwaves
40 Plasma Interferometry
42 Atomic Force Microscopy
45 Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum-Wells
50 Photovoltaics
52 Heavy Ion Scattering at the Tandem Accelerator
53 Thermal Analysis
59 X-Ray Fluorescence
60 Positron Lifetime Measurement in Indium and Polymers
61 Neutron Scattering at FRM II
62 Layer Thickness Determination via the Absorption of X-Rays
63 Gamma Spectroscopy
64 Carbon Based Biosensors
65 Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
66 Surface Plasmons at a Metal-Insulator Interface
71 Peptide Pores
72 Laser-Trapping Microscope (Bacterial Flagella)
73 DNA Origami
74 Molecular Dynamics
75 Particle Physics with the Computer
76 Fourier Transform Holography
77 Detector Physics (Simulation versus Experiment)
78 3D Reconstruction of Magnetosomes by Cryo-Electron Tomography
79 X-Ray Computed Tomography
81 Light Sensors for Gamma-Ray Astronomy
83 Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy & Molecular Imaging
84 Preparation and Properties of Self-Assembled Monolayers
85 Colour-Magnitude Diagrams of Star Clusters
90 Electronics Lab Course (Analog Circuits)

General Information

The experiments of FOPRA are integrated according to the topic in the experimental groups of the Physics Department and the participating Max Planck Institutes, where they are carried out. It is the ideal opportunity to learn a bit more about the research done in each place and to gain important information regarding the future specialisation or the choice of the bachelor/master thesis. Each experiment is assigned to one or more major fields of study (KTA, KM, BIO, AEP; see experiments). The overall supervisors of the FoPra are Prof. Stutzmann and Prof. Schönert.

The FOPRA is usually done in groups of three. For the realisation of the experimental part, one has to plan an entire day - which occasionally can only happen at the expenses of other courses. The complete realisation of a FOPRA experiment includes:

  • Preparation (insufficiently prepared participants may be rejected)
  • Experimental realisation
  • Working out (written)
  • Colloquium (minimum 30 min long, final discussion and examination)

There is no grading the performed experiments, the corresponding supervisors will only decide whether the student has passed. For each successfully completed experiment one credit is recorded, with the exception of experiment no. 52 and no. 61 and the electronic lab course, for which two credits are booked. Please pay attention to the specific rules of the electronic lab course. Each successfully completed experiment will be entered by the corresponding supervisors in TUMonline as passed exam. Every participant is asked to check that her/his entry in TUMonline is done promptly after finishing the experiment.

Prior to beginning the advanced lab course and then at least every year each participant has to attend at the safety instruction (at the start of the semester).
Presentation to the safety instruction

FOPRA for the bachelor course in physics

Within the bachelor course 6 credits have to be achieved from the FOPRA. To orientate oneself in all scientific directions, there are no restrictions concerning the attribution of the experiments to certain major fields of study. Since the FOPRA takes place during the winter and the summer semester we recommend to perform 4 experiments during the winter and 2 experiments during the summer semester.

FOPRA for the master course in physics

Within one of the master courses 6 credits have to be achieved from the FOPRA. In doing so four experiments (four credits) must originate from the elected major field of study (Applied and Engineering Physics / Condensed Matter Physics / Nuclear, Particle and Astrophysics / Biophysics). We recommend to perform three experiments in the winter semester and three experiments in the summer semester.

FOPRA for master course in science education mathematics / physics

Within the master course in science education mathematics / physics 4 credits have to be achieved from the FOPRA. There are no restrictions concerning the attribution of the experiments to certain major fields of study.

Information for FOPRA supervisors

Your contact data will be imported automatically from TUMonline. So please pay attention that your phone number ist registered in TUMonline and that you get the messages to the email address which is deposited in your TUMonline account.
Changes of supervisors at your experiment should be reported to Andreas Hauptner.

You can upload manuals and abstracts to your experiment by self-sevice. To do this please register with your TUM user name and password (at the moment at the old server).

Successfully completed experiments have to be registered in the student accounts of TUMonline. Please register your students (after successful completion of the experiment) in TUMonline and activate "Bestanden" (passed). Manual for the registration of course results in TUMonline

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