Solid State Spectroscopy

Module PH2189

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.

Module version of WS 2013/4

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
WS 2015/6WS 2013/4

Basic Information

PH2189 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2189 in the version of WS 2013/4 was Martin Stutzmann.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module will introduce the students to the physical principles and experimental realization of the most important methods employed today for the structural, chemical, and optoelectronic characterization of solids and the surfaces of solids. The following methods will be addressed in detail:

  • Imaging methods: electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy: SEM, TEM, STM, AFM, SNOM, KFM
  • X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction and scattering methods: HRXRD, LEED, SAXS, SANS
  • Chemical analysis: SIMS, AES, EDX, XPS, UPS
  • Optical spectroscopy: important optical components, FTIR, Raman, ellipsometry, transmission, absorption, reflection, photoluminescence
  • Electronic and ionic conductivity methods
  • Nuclear and Electron Spin resonance

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this course the students should possess a basic knowledge of all spectroscopy methods discussed, including their physical foundations and their state-of-the-art experimental realization. This will provide them with the necessary knowledge to effectively use these methods in their later studies (e.g. Bachelor or Master Theses) and to interpret obtained experimental results correctly and critically.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 3 Solid State Spectroscopy Finley, J.
Mitwirkende: Müller, K.
Dienstag, 14:00–16:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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