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

Advanced lab course in summer semester 2021

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. Starting with summer semester 2021 registration is done via TUMonline (see below).

  • To support you in finding a team during times of social distancing you can use the FOPRA channel in the TUM Chat.
  • The three students of a team need to supply the same team name in TUMonline during registration (this is an arbitrary string) and register for the same experiment slots. Exception from this is registering for experiments with teams of two, in this case only two of the three team members should register.
  • Keep in mind: there are experiments that cannot be used in your study program (see the "╳" in the table below). Relevant for the B.Sc. Physics are the columns KM, KTA, BIO, AEP as well.
  • The experiments from the LMU advanced lab course are exclusive for stduents in the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology – experiment dates for these are expected to be added during the first week of lecturing.
  • 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.

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.

Presence 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 at the 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.

If you want to come to the campus for an advanced lab, you can get tested on SARS-CoV2. For this you can pick up tests for self-application at the Dean's Office Physics free of charge or make use of the free-of-charge testing possibilities for everyone in test centers.

Current information

2021-04-27: two experiments were added: 14 and 88.
2021-05-03: experiment 24 will be offered in weeks 25 and 26 with two teams per day.
2021-05-28: experiment 16 will be offered during lecture free time again.
2021-06-01: experiment 24 will be offered during lecture free time again.
2021-06-29: new experiment 45 will be offered during lecture free time as well.

Registration is done via TUMonline. Please read the following notes:

  • Get together in a team of three students in advance. Select a team name, which all three team members give while registering.
  • All three students of a team select the same experiments during registration – otherwise a team that registered completely will get the place. Exceptions are the experiments which are done in teams of two (max. number of students in registration group is set to 2) – in this case only two team members register for the experiment; you can rotate with more experiments.
  • You may/should select more than one experiment per two-week period – You'll finally receive at most one place per two-week period.
  • You may/should select a desired experiment in more than one (or all) two-week periods – You'll be assigned each experiment at most once.
  • Registration is done via TUMonline in the two-week-periods until the Thursday before the period. Places are assigned on every Friday.
  • Alternatively you may search for any FOPRA experiment (e.g. search for "FOPRA Experiment 01") in the Courses app in TUMonline – following the link "Go to course registration" you can see in which two-week-periods the experiment is offfered in principle.

    Experiments in Summer Term 2021

    No. Experiment KTA KM BIO AEP CP
    01 Ballistic Transport (Pinball with Electrons) 1
    02 Measurement of the Radon Concentration in Room Air 1
    07 Molecular Motors 1
    08 High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction 1
    09 Capacitive Properties of a Gold/Electrolyte Interface 1
    12 Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy 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
    35 Electron Spectroscopy at Surfaces 1
    37 Symmetries in Exfoliated 2D Quantum Materials 1
    42 Atomic Force Microscopy 1
    45 Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum-Wells 1
    48 AFM Studies of Self-Assembled DNA Nanostructures 1
    50 Photovoltaics 1
    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
    72 Laser-Trapping Microscope (Bacterial Flagella) 1
    73 DNA Origami 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
    85 Colour-Magnitude Diagrams of Star Clusters: Determining Their Relative Ages 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
    91 Electronics Lab Course (Digital Circuits) 2

    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 values of the experiments are also shown in the table.

    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 study@ph.tum.de.

    Check the Guide for supervisors in the TUM-Wiki (under construction).

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