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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.

This page describes the advanced lab courses in the B.Sc. Physics as well as in the Physics Master programs and in the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology. Information on the advanced lab course in the M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics can be found on the specific pages of the BEMP advanced lab course.

Students at a FOPRA experiment (No. 5: Doppler-Free Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy). Photo: C. Hamsen
Quantum Optics Lab at Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). Photo: MCQST.
Students at a FOPRA experiment (No. 5: Doppler-Free Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy). Photo: C. Hamsen.

The experiments in the Advanced Lab Course are integrated into the experimental groups at the Physics Department and the participating Max-Planck institutes, where they are carried out. In addition LMU provides selected experiments exklusively for the students in M. Sc. Quantum Scinece & Technology. 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.

Overall responsibility for the Advanced Lab Course is with Prof. Sharp and Prof. Schönert for the Physics programs and Prof. Brandt for the M. Sc. Quantum Science & Technology.

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.

Registration for the Advanced Lab Course

Registration for the Advanced Lab Course is done via TUMonline. Exception is experiment 61 – you can find information on the registration at the experiment below.

Finding a Team

The experiments in the Advanced Lab Course are done in teams of regularly three students. If sufficient places are available, as an exception an experiment can be done by two students. The experiments at LMU, exclusively available for students in M. Sc. Quantum Science & Technology, are also done in teams of three.

Ideally you find your team at the beginning of the semester. It makes sense, when the team members have similar interests and hence are enroled in the same study program. To support you in finding a team you can use the FOPRA channel in the TUM Chat.

Select a name for your team (it is helpful to simply concatenate your three lastnames together). This team has to be entered at registration by every team member.

We recommend that you work as a team for the semester. But technically it is possible to register in different registration procedures/two-week periods with a different team.

Experiment Selection

Get together with your team before registering in TUMonline and select the experiments and time slots possible for all of you.

Keep in mind that not all experiments are offered in every time slot. You can find out in which timeslots an experiment is offered by selecting the course in TUMonline – the course detail page lists all the registration procedures and hence the timeslots the course is offered in.

Notes on experiment selection for specific programs:

Bachelor’s program 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 KM, KTA, BIO or AEP. Experiments exclusive to the QST cannot be included in the Bachelor studies.
Due to the restrictions that apply in the Master’s programs it even makes sense to select experiments complementary to your own focus area.
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.
Masters’s program 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 (KM, KTA, BIO, AEP).
We recommend to perform three experiments in the winter semester and three experiments in the summer semester. Experiments that are only assigned to QST as well as experiments already used in the TUM Bachelor can not be taken.
Masters’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).
We recommend to do the FOPRA in your second semester (SS).
Masters’s program Science Education (MA/PH teacher)
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. Only the LMU experiments are exklusive only for QST students.

Registration in TUMonline

There is a registration period for each two-week period during the lecture period in TUMonline.

In each registration procedure with a time slot suitable for you give your preferences for all of the experiments you want to do. You will finally be assigned at most one place. If you give preferences for an experiment in more than one time slots you will at most be assigned one place in this experiment.

Each team member needs to register in TUMonline!

  • All team members give the same team namen (e. g. simply concatenating your three lastnames together)!
  • All team members in one registration procedure select the same experiments!

The electronics lab (experiments 90/91) consists of weekly dates that need to be attended during all of the semester. Registration for the Electronics Lab Course is done in a separate registration procedure.

Direct Links to the registration procedures:

  • W 18/19 registration open until Thu, 2022-05-05, 23:59
  • W 20/21 registration open until Thu, 2022-05-19, 23:59
  • W 22/23 registration open until Thu, 2022-06-02, 23:59
  • W 24/25 registration open until Thu, 2022-06-16, 23:59
  • W 26/27 registration open until Thu, 2022-06-30, 23:59
  • W 28/29/30 registration open until Thu, 2022-07-21, 23:59

Assignment of Places

Assignment of places is done asynchroneously according to the default ranking – keep in mind that the registration date has no influence on your ranking until the next assignment date.

Places are assigned at Friday, 29th of April 2022. If you are assigned a confirmed place you are automatically informed by TUMonline via E-Mail. After that you still may add further preferences for experiments in future timeslots. Remaining places are assigned each Friday.

As a team contact the experiment’s supervisors, if you were assigned a confirmed place, in order to obtain the individual dates for conducting the experiment.

On-Campus and Online Labs

Due to the restrictions of corona pandemic some of the lab experiments take place in pure online mode without presence of students. Besides this some other experiments there exists the possibility that only one part of the group participates in presence, the other group member(s) is (are) connected by videoconference. This has to be discussed individually with the corresponding experiment supervisor.

Doing the Experiment

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)

The Advanced Lab Course is defined as course work, which is a pass/fail scheme without numerical total grade. For some experiments numerical grades are issued. These are only for your self-assessment and are printed on grade reports only not on the final Transcript of Records.

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. Check with the experiment’s supervisors if something is missing.

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Experiments in Summer Semester 2022

01 Ballistic Transport (Pinball with Electrons) 1
02 Measurement of the Radon Concentration in Room Air 1
05 Doppler Free Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy 1
07 Molecular Motors 1
08 High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction 1
09 Capacitive Properties of a Gold/Electrolyte Interface 1
13 Laser and Non-Linear Optics 1
14 Optical Absorption 1
15 Quantum Information Using Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers In Diamond 1
16 Josephson Effects in Superconductors 1
18 DNA Cleaving and Gene Repression using CRISPR/Cas 1
20 Cloning and Gene Expression 1
21 Lifetime Measurement 1
22 Laser-Induced Current Transient Technique 1
23 Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR) 1
24 Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET) 1
26 Silicon-based Photon Detectors in Particle Physics Experiments 1
27 Neutrino Mass Analysis with KATRIN 1
28 Semiconductor Photoelectrochemistry 1
29 Optical Characterization of Hybrid Perovskites 1
30 Electrocatalysis (Alkaline Water Electrolysis) 1
31 Cooperative Behaviour in Networks of Mechanical Oscillators 1
32 Tensor-Network Simulations of Bound States in Perturbed Quantum Ising Chains 2
33 Kitaev's Honeycomb Lattice Model: An Exactly Soluble Quantum Spin Liquid 2
34 Simulating Quantum Many-Body Dynamics on a Current Digital Quantum Computer 1–2
35 Electron Spectroscopy at Surfaces 1
37 Symmetries in Exfoliated 2D Quantum Materials 1
38 Lieb-Robinson Bounds and Applications 1
39 Universal Gate Sets for Quantum Computation 1
41 Entanglement-Breaking Evolutions 1
42 Atomic Force Microscopy 1
43 Semidefinite Programming in Quantum Information Theory 1
44 Bell's Inequality and Quantum Tomography (LMU) 2
45 Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum-Wells 1
47 Laser Spectroscopy (LMU) 2
48 AFM Studies of Self-Assembled DNA Nanostructures 1
50 Photovoltaics 1
51 Diagrammatic Monte Carlo Simulation of the Fröhlich Polaron Model (LMU) 2
53 Characterization of Polymers with Differential Scanning Calorimetry 1
56 Cosmic Messengers: Catch Cosmic Rays with Silicon Photomultipliers 1
60 Positron-Lifetime Measurements in Solids 1
61 Neutron Scattering at FRM II 2
63 Gamma Spectroscopy 1
66 Surface Plasmons at a Metal-Insulator Interface 1
74 Molecular Dynamics 1
75 Particle Physics with the Computer 1
77 Detector Physics (Simulation versus Experiment) 1
79 X-Ray Computed Tomography 1
86 Measurement of the Fermi Energy by the Angular Correlation of Gamma-Radiation from Annihilation of Electron-Positron Pairs 1
88 Wave Phenomena in a Double Plasma Experiment 1
89 Basic Techniques of Surface Physics 1
91 Electronics Lab Course (Digital Circuits) 2
100 Construction and Operation of a Microfluidic Device 1
101 Lithium-Ion Battery 1
102 Femtoscopy – analyzing LHC data 1
103 Computational Design and Structure Prediction of DNA Origami 1
104 The Josephson Parametric Amplifier (JPA) 1
105 Targeting Cancer Cells with DNA-Origami 1
107 Non-Classical Physics with Entangled Photons 1

Information for 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

Check the Guide for supervisors in the TUM-Wiki.

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