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

Advanced lab course winter semester 2020/21

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, 01:00.
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.

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. These are the following:
#01, #15, #22, #27, #30, #53, #61, #75, #79, #85
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.

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.

Current info event

Electronics lab course

  • To take part at the electronics lab course (analog course part) (weekly fixed date, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, schedule) a separate registration via TUMonline is necessary.

Experiments in Winter Term 2020/1

01 Ballistic Transport (Pinball with Electrons) 1
15 Quantum Information Using Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers In Diamond 1
16 Josephson Effects in Superconductors 1
23 Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR) 1
24 Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET) 1
45 Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum-Wells 1

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 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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