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Research Phase and Master's Thesis in the Physics programs

During the last year of the Master's program you will have the unique opportunity to work on exciting research topics. During this so-called research phase, you can choose from an extensive number of research groups and current projects.

 Aliaksandr Bandarenka and a Master's student in his group discuss about their research. Foto: TUM.PH/Eckert. The research phase constitutes one thematic block, culminating in the dissertation of the Master's thesis.

Research Phase

The build-up of the research phase

To the scope of the one year research phase (60 ECTS) belong firstly, the development of the necessary special knowledge within a cutting-edge research line and secondly, the acquisition of the corresponding experimental or theoretical skills, that are necessary for the realization of the research project within the frame of the Master's thesis. Each of these steps conforms a module, the Master's seminar and the Master's training. Both modules belong intrinsically together and account in total for 25 ECTS. Subsequently, the independent research project can be carried out as part of the Master's thesis, which corresponding module comprises 30 ECTS. The research phase is completed with the Master's colloquium, the defense of the Master's thesis, for which 5 ECTS are given.

During the research phase, the fulfilment of an independent scientific work is tighly connected with the acquisition of additional skills, such as project management, team work as well as the depiction and presentation of scientific results.

ModuleDescriptionCredits (CP)PL/SL*
Master's seminar Literature research and specialization 10 S
Master's training Methodology and project planning 15 S
Master's thesis   30 P
Master's colloquium Master's thesis defense  5 P
Sum60 
*: P="Prüfungsleistung", graded exam,
S="Studienleistung", non graded exam (pass/fail)

Finding a topic

Students have to take contact by their own with the working groups and potential supervisors, in oder to agree on a topic for the research phase/master thesis. Additionally to this, supervisors have the option to announce topics in the section below (supervisors see "Access for supervisors" on the right). However this possibility is not used by all institutes and not all topics are listed. Therefore it is recommended to ask the professors or in the institutes for topics.

Furthermore, it is recommended to start early (at least one semester in advance) to search for an appropriate topic. Having face-to-face interaction with the group, you can see if you like the topic and if you feel comfortable in the group (you will be working one year there!). We discourage you from simple e-mail exchange, as it is usually not successful.

Filtering in the offers for possible theses

You can search through the offers of Master’s thesis topics at the Physics Department.

Offers of Master’s thesis topics

Study areaTopicSupervisor
AEP Advance Battery Cycling with Machine Learning Techniques (topic is not available any more) Reuter
BIO, AEP Aktive nematische Vesikel Bausch
KTA Alarm-Software fuer Gammastrahlungs-Transienten Greiner
BSC, KM, KTA, AEP Analysis of data from the DEAP-3600 dark matter detector Schönert
BSC, LA, KTA, AEP Antimatter Annihilations in the Laboratory Fabbietti
KTA Antiparticle Production at BELLE and BELLE-II Paul
KM, KTA, BIO, AEP, BEMP, M2L, QST, TMP Anwendung von Röntgenmikroskopie und Deep Learning für automatische Defekterkennung für industrielle Qualitätssicherung (topic is not available any more) Iglev
KM asd (topic is not available any more) Finley
AEP Attosecond Electron Spectroscopy on Mg Mono- and Multilayers (topic is not available any more) Kienberger
KM Au Interkalation auf hBN - Entkopplung kovalenter Nanostrukturen (topic is not available any more) Auwärter
KTA, AEP Auslegung, Simulation und Design eines He Gas Reinigers zur Produktion von isotopenreinen He-4 mittels superfluider Wärmeströmung. Paul
KTA Automatisiertes Modellieren von Gravitationslinsen (topic is not available any more) Suyu
KTA Baryon asymmetry as guiding principle for particle physics Harz
KM, AEP Bringing Solvent Structure to Implicit Solvation Reuter
AEP Cavity-enhanced field-resolved spectroscopy in the gas-phase (topic is not available any more) Finley
BIO, M2L Cell-size-dependent regulation of the budding yeast contractile ring Bausch
KM Chemical pressure tuning of a skyrmion lattice in Gd2PdSi3 (topic is not available any more) Pfleiderer
KTA, AEP Comparison of spatiotemporal turbulent structures measured with Doppler reflectometry in the tokamak ASDEX Upgrade with gyrokinetic simulations (topic is not available any more) Stroth
AEP Contacting Two-Dimensional (2D) Materials with Ultrathin Interfacial Oxides and Nitrides (topic is not available any more) Sharp
KTA Cosmic Flows Measured by Supernovae (topic is not available any more) Leibundgut
BSC, KM, KTA, AEP CRESST: freezing cold, deep underground, but illuminating the dark Schönert
KM, AEP Deep Neural Network methods to generate new Organic Semiconductors Reuter
KM, AEP Defekte für die Photokatalyse Brandt
AEP Degradation Analysis of PEM Fuel Cells Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KM De-Haas-van-Alphen Messungen bei ultratiefen Temperaturen in Chrom-Diborid (topic is not available any more) Pfleiderer
AEP Design und Modellierung eines Batteriesystems für die Anwendung im Motorsport unter Berücksichtigung verschiedener thermischer Aspekte (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KM, AEP Development of a flexible sample environment for neutron scattering on multi-stimuli responsive hydrogel thin films Müller-Buschbaum
KTA, AEP Development of an Electron Backscattering Detector for PERC Märkisch
KM, AEP Development of Novel Oxynitride Semiconductors for Artificial Photosynthesis Stutzmann
BIO Distinction between bunching or purely statistical positioning of nucleosomes (topic is not available any more) Gerland
KM, AEP Donatoren in Silizium Brandt
BSC, KM, AEP, QST Durchstimmung der Amplitude des Spin-Hall-Magnetwiderstands Gross
AEP Dynamical decoupling of interacting spin ensembles (topic is not available any more) Rempe
BSC, KM, KTA Dynamik im stark korrelierten Hubbard Modell Knap
BIO, AEP Einfluss der Kollagenmikrostruktur auf Organoidwachstum Bausch
AEP Ein Quantenmagnetometer basierend auf Stickstofffehlstellen (topic is not available any more) Finley
BIO Einzelzellenanalyse von E.Coli Bakterien in einem Mikrofluidik Chip (topic is not available any more) Gerland
KM, AEP, BEMP, M2L Electron Spin Qubits in Quantum Dot Molecules - Towards a Quantum Repeater Finley
KM, AEP, QST Elektronenspindynamik in einer stark koppelnden Umgebung Hübl
KM Enanziomerspezifische Oberflächendesorption chiraler Proben mit kurzen Laserpulsen (topic is not available any more) Iglev
BSC, KTA Entwicklung eines autonomen Triggersystems für Myonkammern mit zylindrischen Driftrohren Kortner
AEP Entwicklung eines Hochleistungs-Frequenzkamms und eines Ionen-Detektionsaufbaus für He+ Spektroskopie (topic is not available any more) Kienberger
KM Entwicklung eines räumlichen Modulators zur hochauflösenden Addressierung von Strontiumatomen in optischen Gittern (topic is not available any more) Pollmann
KM Entwicklung neuer schneller Ausleseelektronik fuer Gasdetektoren bei hohen Zaehlraten Kroha
KM Entwicklung und Test neuer schneller Myontriggerdetektoren fuer das ATLAS-Experiment am LHC Kroha
AEP Entwicklung und Umsetzung eines XUV-Spektrometers an einer bestehenden Attosekunden Beamline (topic is not available any more) Kienberger
KTA Entwicklung von Schwingungsentkopplungssystemen für den NUCLEUS Kryostaten (topic is not available any more) Strauß
KM EPR Spectroscopy for Solid Electrolytes (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
BIO Erforschung der Viel-Körper-Lokalisierung in einem ungeordneten Quantenmagneten (topic is not available any more) Pfleiderer
KM, AEP Experimentelle Realisierung eines Quantenschlüsseltauschs mit gequetschten Mikrowellenzuständen (topic is not available any more) Gross
BSC, KTA, AEP Exploring the properties of Quark-Gluon Plasma with anisotropic flow measurements at the Large Hadron Collider Fabbietti
KM, AEP Frequency-tuning of nano-photonic resonators for quantum networks with Erbium spins Rempe
XAEP Frequency-tuning of nano-photonic resonators for quantum networks with Erbium spins (topic is not available any more) Rempe
KM GaAs Quantenpunkte als Baustein für ein hybrides Halbleiter-Diamant Quantennetzwerk (topic is not available any more) Finley
AEP Getaktete in-vivo Phasenkontrast-Bildgebung (topic is not available any more) Herzen
KM, AEP High efficiency next generation organic solar cells Müller-Buschbaum
KM, AEP High frequency optomechanical devices for quantum optomechanics Poot
BSC, LA, KTA, AEP Hyperon-Korrelationen mit LHC Daten: ein Schlüssel zu den Eigenschaften von Neutron-Sternen Fabbietti
BSC, LA, KTA, AEP Hyperon-Korrelationen mit LHC Daten: ein Schlüssel zu den Eigenschaften von Neutron-Sternen Fabbietti
AEP Identification of active electrocatalytic surface sites by STM (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KM, KTA, BIO, AEP, BEMP, M2L, QST, TMP Industrielle Anwendung von hyperspektrale Bildgebung (topic is not available any more) Iglev
BSC, KM, KTA In-Operando Positronenstrahl-Untersuchungen von aktiven Komponenten unter extremen Bedingungen Hugenschmidt
KTA, AEP In-situ-Videoanalyse des Blisterwachstums auf plasmaexponierten Metalloberflächen (topic is not available any more) Stroth
BIO Integration of Synaptic Inputs to Purkinje Cells (topic is not available any more) Gerland
BIO, AEP, TMP Interplay of mechanics and information processing in cell tissues Gerland
AEP Ionischer und elektronischer Strom in zweidimensionalen organischen Blei(II)halogenid Perowskiten (topic is not available any more) Sharp
AEP Kalibration und überwachung der Energieskala in KATRIN (topic is not available any more) Mertens
AEP Kernspinresonanz in hochreinem Silizium (topic is not available any more) Brandt
BIO Kontrastverstärkung der holographischen Mikroskopie in einem mikrofluidischen Kanal durch Fabry-Pérot Interferometrie (topic is not available any more) Iglev
KM, AEP, QST Korrelationen in einem supraleitenden Bose-Hubbard-Dimer Gross
KTA Ladungsradius des Protons durch elastische Streuung hochenergetischer Myonen: Untersuchung der Ereignisstruktur in einem langen gasförmigen Wasserstofftarget Friedrich
KTA Lebensdauermessung des freien Neutrons Charakterisierung eines Lebensdauerexperimentes für Ultrakalten Neutronen Paul
BSC, KM, KTA LEGEND: Are neutrinos their own anti-particles? Schönert
BSC, KM, KTA LEGEND: Deciphering the signal structure of novel germanium detectors Schönert
BSC, KM, KTA, AEP LEGEND: Visualize light from liquid argon scintillation Schönert
KTA Leistungsmodellierung eines Wissenschaftlichen Weltraumteleskop (topic is not available any more) Greiner
AEP Linear and non-linear Energetic Particle Physics in various ITER Scenarios (topic is not available any more) Lauber
KM, AEP Machine learning for computational design of nanostructured catalysts Reuter
BSC, KM Machine Learning-Studien zur Suche nach supersymmetrischen stau-Leptonen mit dem ATLAS-Detektor am LHC Kroha
AEP Machine Learning zur Untersuchung der Bandlücke von 2D-Perovskiten (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KM Magnetfeldmessung unter hohen Drücken mit Stickstoff-Fehlstellen Zentren (topic is not available any more) Reinhard
KM, AEP Magnetization dynamics in chiral magnets Gross
KM, AEP Magnetokalorische Effekte in TmB4 Hackl
KM, AEP, QST Magnetomechanik mit freischwebenden Nanostrukturen Hübl
KM, AEP, QST Manipulation von Spinwellen mit durch Spin-Bahn-Koppling vermittelten Drehmomenten Gross
BIO Mapping forces that shape complex organs (topic is not available any more) Bausch
KTA, BIO Mechanische Kräfte bei der Zelladhäsion Bausch
AEP Metal-Organic Frameworks abgeleitete Elektrokatalysatoren für die Energieumwandlung (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
AEP Microelectrodes on solid electrolyte LAGP/LATP system (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
AEP Microelectrodes on Solid Electrolyte LAGP/LATP System (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KTA Modelle des zusammengesetzten Higgs (topic is not available any more) Weiler
BIO Musterbildung in einem künstlichen bakteriellen Kommunikationsnetzwerk (topic is not available any more) Simmel
KM Nachprüfen von Photoemissions Zeitverzögerungen an HOPG (topic is not available any more) Kienberger
KM, AEP Nano-strings excited by magnetic torques Gross
BSC, KM, KTA Nanostrommonitore mit hoher Bandbreite für die Positronenstrahlen Hugenschmidt
AEP Netzintegration eines Druckluft / Wasserstoff Hybrid-Speicherkraftwerks (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KTA Nichtperturbative Effekte im Kontext Dunkler Materie Harz
KM, AEP Novel nanostructured thermoelectric hybrid materials Müller-Buschbaum
KM, AEP Novel pathways to hybrid solar cells Müller-Buschbaum
KM, KTA, AEP, M2L, QST, TMP Numeric optimisation of a neutron spectrometer Wuttke
KM, AEP NV-Zentren in Diamant-Photoleitern (topic is not available any more) Brandt
KM Optical and Plasmonic Spectroscopy of MoS2 Memoristive Properties: Characterization of the MoS2 Memoristive States (topic is not available any more) Finley
KTA Optimierung der Konverterkristallherstellung für die Produktion von Ultrakalten Neutronen Simulation eine Heliumkälteanlage mittels Matlab-Simscape® Paul
KM, AEP Optimized geometry for a compact 3D quantum memory (topic is not available any more) Deppe
AEP Optoelektronischer Transport in Van-der-Waals Heterostrukturen aus topologischen Weyl-Halbmetallen (topic is not available any more) Holleitner
KM, AEP Optomechanics with Single Photons Poot
KM, AEP Origin of the open circuit voltage in ternary organic solar cells, a study based on a semi-empirical Monte Carlo simulation approach Reuter
KM, AEP, QST Oxidische Heterostrukturen für Experimente mit reinen Spinströmen Gross
KTA Particle Identification for a Radiation Monitor based on Neural Networks (topic is not available any more) Paul
BIO Perfusion imaging during hypercapnia challenges by MRI-based arterial spin labelling (ASL) (topic is not available any more) Menzel
KM Plasmonische Effekte in Elektrochemischen Systemen (topic is not available any more) Krischer
BSC, KM, KTA Positronenexperimente zur Defektsusheilung in Kristallen bei hohen Temperaturen mittels eines neuartigen LED-Heizers Hugenschmidt
KM, AEP Printed polymer-based thin film batteries Müller-Buschbaum
AEP Pt nanoparticles supported on functionalized carbon materials as ORR electrocatalysts (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KM, AEP, QST Quanten-Illumination und -Sensorik mit Mikrowellen Deppe
KM, AEP, QST Quantenlimitierte Josephson Parametrische Verstärker für das Ku-Band Gross
AEP Quantenoszillationsmessungen mittels Temperaturmodulation (topic is not available any more) Pfleiderer
AEP Quantification of data acquired by a multispectral serial sectioning imaging system from biomedical applications. (topic is not available any more) Herzen
KM, KTA, AEP Quantum Emitters in 2D Materials Finley
KM, AEP Quantum Optics on a Chip Poot
KM, KTA, AEP, BEMP, M2L Quantum optics on coupled quantum dots Finley
KM, AEP Qubits in Diamant elektrisch auslesen Brandt
KTA Rechnergestützte Analyse niederenergetischer Zustände von Bimetallnanopartikeln (topic is not available any more) Reuter
AEP Rein elektrisch getriebener und manipulierter Magnonentransport in magnetisch geordneten Isolatoren (topic is not available any more) Gross
BIO Rekonstruktion von nicht kanonischen DNA Origami Nanostrukturen (topic is not available any more) Dietz
KTA Renormalization of SCET at NLP, calculation of the B-type current matching coefficient (topic is not available any more) Beneke
AEP Researches of active electrocatalytic sites with STM (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
AEP Search For Active Electrocatalyst Sites Via STM (topic is not available any more) Bandarenka
KTA Search for New Particles at the COMPASS Experiment at CERN Paul
KM, AEP Searching for lasing in hexagonal SiGe nanowires Finley
KM, AEP Self organization routes for nanostructuring hybrid perovskites toward high efficiency photovoltaics Müller-Buschbaum
BSC, KM, KTA, AEP Sensitive Tests der Eigenschaften von Wellenlängenschieber für dunkle Materie und neutrinolose Doppel-Beta-Zerfallsdetektoren Schönert
KTA, AEP Simulation of Particle Fluxes and Event Rates in Low Earth Orbit (topic is not available any more) Paul
KTA, AEP Simulations of the Lunar Radiation Environment (topic is not available any more) Paul
AEP Sizing and counting of protein particles and silicon oil droplets in the low micron and submicron range by using FlowCam and machine learning enabled image analysis (topic is not available any more) Simmel
KM, AEP Smart nano-sensors made of stimuli-responsive polymers in solution and in thin films Müller-Buschbaum
KM, AEP Spinabhängige Prozesse in der Elektrochemie Brandt
KM, AEP, QST Spintransport in Supraleiter/Ferromagnet-Heterostrukturen Gross
KM, AEP Spin- und Gitter-Dynamik in EuFe2As2 Einkristallen Hackl
KM, AEP, QST Steuerung des Magnonentransports Gross
KM, AEP Strong electrostatic effects in optomechanical devices Poot
AEP Structural and morphological investigations of slot-die coated perovskite layers for photovoltaics (topic is not available any more) Müller-Buschbaum
AEP Structural and morphological investigations of slot-die coated perovskite layers for photovoltaics (topic is not available any more) Müller-Buschbaum
BSC, KM Suche nach Dunkler Materie in Proton-Proton-Kollisionen bei 13 TeV Schwerpunktsenergie mit dem ATLAS-Detektor Kroha
KM Suche nach neuen schweren Resonanzen mit dem ATLAS-Detektor am LHC Kroha
BSC, KM Suche nach unsichtbaren Higgs-Bosonzerfaellen am LHC mit Hilfe von Machine Learning-Methoden Kroha
KM, AEP Synchronization and nonlinear dynamics of nanomechanical oscillators (topic is not available any more) Poot
BSC, KTA Test einer Anger Kamera fuer Gamma-Spektroskopie Greiner
BSC, KM Test neuer Myondetektoren fuer das ATLAS-Experiment am LHC bei hohen Strahlintensitaeten Kroha
KM, AEP Tethering of molecular sensitizers on solar cell surfaces Barth
AEP Thermoelektrische Eigenschaften von III-V Halbleiter Nanodrähten (topic is not available any more) Koblmüller
KM Tiefenaufgelöste Doppler-Verbreiterungsspektroskopie von Oxidischen Materialien (topic is not available any more) Hugenschmidt
KM, AEP, QST Topologische magnetische Phasen in Dünnschicht-Heterostrukturen Gross
KM, AEP Tunnel- und Raman-Spektroskopie an Kuprat-Supraleitern (topic is not available any more) Hackl
KM Überprüfung theoretischer Vorhersagen zu Photoemissions Zeitverzögerungen an HOPG (topic is not available any more) Kienberger
KM Überprüfung theoretischer Vorhersagen zu Photoemissions Zeitverzögerungen an HOPG (topic is not available any more) Kienberger
BSC, KM, KTA Ungeordnete Quantensysteme: Vielteilchenlokalisierung Knap
KM, KTA, BIO, AEP, BEMP, M2L, QST, TMP Untersuchung der Ladungsträgerdynamik von neuartigen organischen Solarzellen mittels zeitaufgelöster Infrarotspektroskopie (topic is not available any more) Iglev
BSC, KM Untersuchung der mechanischen Eigenschaften von Praezisionsmyondetektoren für das ATLAS-Experiment Kroha
BSC, KM Untersuchung der Nachweiseffizienz der Praezionsmyondetektoren des ATLAS-Experiments Kroha
BSC, KM Untersuchung der Ortsaufloesung der Praezisionsmyondetektoren des ATLAS-Experiments Kroha
KTA Untersuchungen von Neutronensternmaterie unter Verwendung funktioneller Renormierungsgruppenmethoden (topic is not available any more) Kaiser
KM Variational and High-Order Coupled Cluster Methods in the Limit of Strong Correlation (topic is not available any more) Reuter
KM, AEP, QST Verbesserter Herstellungsprozess für supraleitende Quantenbits (topic is not available any more) Gross
BSC, KM, KTA, BIO, QST Vermessung der optischen Eigenschaften des PEN-Szintillatormaterials für LEGEND200 Majorovits
BSC, KM, AEP Verzerrungen in LSPS Kristallen: Einblicke durch maschinelles Lernen Reuter
BSC, KM, KTA, TMP Vielteilchensysteme mit Zwangsbedingungen Knap
BSC, KM, AEP Wie verrauscht sind eigentlich Elektronenstrukturtheorie-Daten? Reuter
BIO Zellfreie Rekonstitution von embryonaler Musterbildung (topic is not available any more) Simmel

Registering the research phase

The registration to all modules belonging to the research phase is done at once in the Dean's Office (Dekanat), normally at the beginning of the third Master's semester. When doing this, the certificate of mentor counseling has to be included. After agreeing on a topic with the future supervisor, students can print out the registration form in the student access.

After six months the Master's thesis should begin. Passing the Master's seminar and the Master's training will be recorded in TUMonline and you are officially alowed to start the thesis.

Handing in the thesis and getting the grade

Before handing in the Master's thesis, you must fill in the final titel of the thesis in the database (student access) and upload an electronic copy (PDF-file). Afterwards, you have to hand in two printed versions in the Dean's Office (Dekanat). You have to hand in the thesis at the latest on the deadline, please keep this on mind.

Extension of the deadline is only possible for good reasons. See FAQ on Thesis extension.

The Master's thesis will be evaluated by the supervisor and a second examiner. The second examiner is appointed by the examination board on suggestion of the supervisor (after official registration of Master’s thesis).

The supervisor and the second examiner will also grade the Master's colloquium, which completes the research phase.

Re-enrollment during the research phase

For any examination you must be enrolled as a student of TUM. Hence you need to re-enroll for one semester more e.g. if you hand in your Master’s thesis or your Master’s colloquium takes place after the current semester ends. According to APSO, coursework and examinations until the first week of the lectures of the next semester are counted for the current semester – but for the Master's Thesis the rule is: you must be enrolled at the date you hand in your thesis (meaning handing in after 1st of April or 1st of October is impossible if your are not re-enrolled in summer or winter semester respectively)

With a due date for your thesis e.g. in October, you should not forget to re-enroll for the winter semester and the corresponding deadline would be August 15.

Organization of the colloquium

The Master’s colloquium is organised and conducted by the supervisor together with the second examiner. The Master’s colloquium takes approximately 60 minutes, consisting of a 30 minutes talk and 30 minutes examination. Naturally, the inclusion of the colloquium in a group seminar is possible.

Completing your Master studies

At the end of the semester in which you reach the necessary 120 ECTS in your Master's degree program you will be exmatriculated (according to §13(1) enrolment rules of TUM). In most cases the Master's colloquium will be the last exam to reach this point.

Taking further exams and final documents

You are principally allowed to take further exams after reaching the 120 ECTS, i.e. to replace previous results in the catalog of special courses or non-physics courses with better results. Therefore it is generally not possible that the final documents are generated before you are exmatriculated. In case you need the final documents (or even preliminary documents) earlier, you have to request for it explicitly. See the Remarks on end of studies and final documents for further information.

Deriving the final grade

The final grade is the ECTS-weighted average of the graded exams, which are used to fulfill the 120 ECTS. These are the compulsory optional subject in theoretical physics, the special courses, the non-physics courses, the Master's thesis and colloquium.

If you have taken more than 30 ECTS in the special courses or more than 8 ECTS in the non-physics elective courses, then TUMonline will try to find the combination, which results in the best final grade. Redundant courses will be listed as "additional courses" in your transcript. If you want a different combination than the one TUMonline is suggesting, please contact the coordinator of the Master's degree program before the final documents are printed.

Nr.ModuleCredits (CP)ca. %
1 Theoretical physics 10 12
2 Special courses 30 36
3 Non-Physics courses 8 10
4 Master's thesis 30 36
5 Master's colloquium 5 6
 Sum83100
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