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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 a FOPRA experiment (No. 5: Doppler-Free Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy)
Students at a FOPRA experiment (No. 5: Doppler-Free Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy). Photo: C. Hamsen.

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Registration and team formation

To participate in the advanced lab course you need to register and team up with two other students of similar interest. Registration is open starting Wed, 2020-10-21, 08:00 until Fri, 2021-01-29.
The teams then register for the individual experiments from Mon, 2020-11-09, 16:00. The registration for experiments is done by one of the team members representatively for the whole team via the link below.

The registration can be done via the advanced lab course page for students. There you also find current information for each step.

Safety instruction

A safety instruction is obligatory for each participant before taking part at the advanced lab course and then at least once a year. The safety instruction including a test is done in an online Moodle course.

Current information

To take part at the electronics lab course (experiment no. 90) (weekly fixed date, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon schedule) a separate registration via TUMonline is necessary.

At the start of each semester there will be an info event for the advanced lab course. In this meeting individual questions will be answered and problems concerning team formation will be solved.

Experiments in Winter Term 2020/1

01 Ballistic Transport (Pinball with Electrons)
02 Measurement of the Radon Concentration in Room Air
06 Microwave and Detection Techniques in Electron Spin Resonance
07 Molecular Motors
08 High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction
09 Capacitive Properties of a Gold/Electrolyte Interface
12 Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy
13 Laser and Non-Linear Optics
14 Optical Absorption
15 Quantum Information Using Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers In Diamond
16 Josephson Effects in Superconductors
17 Mößbauer Effect
18 DNA Cleaving and Gene Repression using CRISPR/Cas
19 Transmission of Beta Particles Through Matter
21 Lifetime Measurement
22 Laser-Induced Current Transient Technique
23 Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR)
24 Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET)
25 Motion Tracking of Active Janus Microswimmers
26 Silicon-based Photon Detectors in Particle Physics Experiments
27 Neutrino Mass Analysis with KATRIN
28 Semiconductor Photoelectrochemistry
29 Optical Characterization of Hybrid Perovskites
30 Electrocatalysis (Alkaline Water Electrolysis)
31 Cooperative Behaviour in Networks of Mechanical Oscillators
35 Electron Spectroscopy at Surfaces
42 Atomic Force Microscopy
45 Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum-Wells
50 Photovoltaics
53 Characterization of Polymers with Differential Scanning Calorimetry
60 Positron-Lifetime Measurements in Solids
61 Neutron Scattering at FRM II
63 Gamma Spectroscopy
65 Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
66 Surface Plasmons at a Metal-Insulator Interface
72 Laser-Trapping Microscope (Bacterial Flagella)
73 DNA Origami
74 Molecular Dynamics
75 Particle Physics with the Computer
77 Detector Physics (Simulation versus Experiment)
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: Determining Their Relative Ages
86 Measurement of the Fermi Energy by the Angular Correlation of Gamma-Radiation from Annihilation of Electron-Positron Pairs
88 Wave Phenomena in a Double Plasma Experiment
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 specialization or the choice of the Bachelor's/Master's 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 und 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 realization
  • Working out (written)
  • Colloquium (minimum 30 minutes 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. 61 and the electronics lab course, for which two credits are booked. Please pay attention to the specific rules of the electronics 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.

FOPRA for the Bachelor's program in physics

Within the Bachelor's program course 6 CP 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's programs in physics (KM, KTA, BIO, AEP)

Within one of the Master' programs 6 CP have to be achieved from the FOPRA. In doing so at least four CP 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.

The experiment no. 61 and the electronics labs count as two experiments (2 CP) each.

FOPRA for Master's program QST

Within the Master's program QST 6 CP have to be achieved from the FOPRA. In doing so at least two credits must be earned from each of the two focus areas (experimental/theory). The assignment to the respective focus area can be seen in the table with the experiments (Ex = experimental / TH = theory). The experiments can be worth 1 or 2 credits. The experiments no. XXXX count 2 credits each, the others 1 credit.

FOPRA for Master's program in science education (MA / PH)

Within the Master's program in science education (mathematics / physics) 4 CP in FOPRA have to be achieved. 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.

An overview of the data to your experiment and of the registered students you can find at Page for supervisors of FOPRA.

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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