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Advanced Lab Course for Master Students

Module PH1030

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

PH1030 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

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 PH1030 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. The choice of lab course experiments is only restricted insofar as 4 credits have to stem from experiments which are allocated to the respective major field of study of the master course.

Learning Outcome

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

  • prepare self-dependently for a scientific experiment
  • operate 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 which fulfils the fundamental requirements of a scientific publication


No prerequisites which exceed the admission to the master course

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

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 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 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 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.

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, at least 4 of these have to stem from experiments which are allocated to the respective major field of study of the master course. 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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