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Advanced Lab Course for B.Sc. Students

Module PH0030 [FOPRA]

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH0030 is a year module in German or English language at Bachelor’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization AEP)
  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization BIO)
  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization KM)
  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization KTA)

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 2 h 6 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0030 is Martin Stutzmann.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Advanced experiments dealing with different topics from experimental physics are carried out. The subjects of the experiments correspond to the research areas of the physics department institutes. There are no thematic restrictions in choosing the lab course experiments.

Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in the module the student is able to:

  • prepare self-dependently for a scientific experiment as far as possible
  • operate under guidance a complex experimental setup and carry out a scientific experiment
  • record all important data during measurement
  • evaluate the obtained data and write a scientific report


PH0001, PH0002, PH0003, PH0004

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 08: High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction Stutzmann, M.
Assistants: Hoffmann, T.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 16: Josephson Effects in Superconductors Gross, R.
Assistants: Chen, Q.Nojiri, Y.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 19: Transmission of Beta Particles Through Matter Paul, S.
Assistants: Hollering, A.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 20: Cloning and Gene Expression Simmel, F.
Assistants: Frank, T.Jäkel, A.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 21: Lifetime Measurement Fabbietti, L.
Assistants: Hohlweger, B.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 22: Laser-Induced Current Transient Technique Bandarenka, A.
Assistants: DIng, X.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 27: Neutrino Mass Analysis with KATRIN Mertens, S.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 30: Electrocatalysis (Alkaline Water Electrolysis) Bandarenka, A.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 42: Atomic Force Microscopy Müller-Buschbaum, P.
Assistants: Kreuzer, L.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 50: Photovoltaics Stutzmann, M.
Assistants: Eckmann, F.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 60: Positron-Lifetime Measurements in Solids Hugenschmidt, C.
Assistants: Burwitz, V.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 61: Neutron Scattering at FRM II Müller-Buschbaum, P.
Assistants: Georgii, R.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 65: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Paul, S.
Assistants: Gutsmiedl, E.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 66: Surface Plasmons at a Metal-Insulator Interface Holleitner, A.
Assistants: Hötger, A.Kastl, C.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 73: DNA Origami Dietz, H.
Assistants: Bertosin, E.Kohler, F.Pinner, M.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 75: Particle Physics with the Computer Fabbietti, L.
Assistants: Mihaylov, D.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 79: X-Ray Computed Tomography Pfeiffer, F.
Assistants: Birnbacher, L.Viermetz, M.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 85: Colour-Magnitude Diagrams of Star Clusters: Determining Their Relative Ages Bishop, S.
Assistants: Stanciu, I.
PR 1 FOPRA Experiment 86: Measurement of the Fermi Energy by the Angular Correlation of Gamma-Radiation from Annihilation of Electron-Positron Pairs Hugenschmidt, C.
Assistants: Ketels, J.
PR 0.1 Instruction for the Advanced Lab Course (FOPRA) Schönert, S. Stutzmann, M.
Assistants: Hauptner, A.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The lab course is carried out in groups of maximum 3 participants. The groups are working self-dependently as far as possible. A supervisor supports the group in case that questions or problems arise.


lab course experiments

data acquisition (manual and / or computer-assisted)


experiment manuals and continuative literature (denoted in the manual)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Altogether 6 credits have to be achieved from the catalogue of advanced lab course experiments. For each successfully completed experiment one credit is recorded (for some experiments two credits are recorded).

For the successful completion of an advanced lab course experiment following parts have to be passed:

  • introductory discussion with the experiment supervisor, a preparation for the experiment has to be proved
  • experimentation and recording experimental data
  • preparation of a written lab report
  • concluding oral discussion


Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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