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Walther-Meißner-Institut (WMI), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Chair for Technical Physics (E23), Technische Universität München

Seminar on
Advances in Solid State Physics
SS 2008


Lectures & Exercises
Practical Training
Lecture Notes
Talks & Tutorials

Tuesday, 10:15 - 11:45 h

Seminar Room 143
Walther-Meißner-Str. 8
Research Campus Garching

Date Speaker Title
Rudolf Gross
D-85748 Garching
Introduction, presentation of seminar topics, and assignment of topics to interested students
Dr. Andreas Erb
D-85748 Garching
High Tc Superconductivity in the New Quaternary REOFeAs Compounds
Barbara Englert
Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Festkörperphysik,
LMU Munich
D-80333 München
Mesoscopic Shelving Readout of Superconducting Qubits in Circuit QED
Whitsun Holidays
Deepak Venkateshvaran
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai 600036, INDIA
Preparation and characterization of thin films of Fe3-xZnxO4
Hans-Martin Eiter
D-85748 Garching
Untersuchung von Ladungs- und Spinüberstrukturen in gering dotierten CuO2-Verbindungen
Dietrich Einzel
D-85748 Garching
80 Jahre Chandra
Daniel Pantel
D-85748 Garching
Dielektrische und magnetische Eigenschaften multifunktionaler Dünnschichtstrukturen
Miguel Ángel Araque Caballero
D-85748 Garching
A setup for quantum signal detection in a circuit QED architecture
Matthias Pelkner
D-85748 Garching
Magneto-optischer Kerr-Effekt in magnetischen dünnen Filmen
Edwin Menzel
D-85748 Garching
Time Domain Measurements of Superconducting Flux Quantum Bits
Manuel Schwarz
D-85748 Garching
Aufbau eines Messplatzes zur ferromagnetischen Resonanz
special time: 10:00 a.m.
Dr. T. Sasakii
Institute for Materials Research
Tohoku University, JAPAN
Optical probe of carrier doping effect by X-ray irradiation in organic dimer-Mott insulator

Within the seminar students can give talks on current topics in solid-state physics (list of topics can be downloaded as pdf-file). The seminar aims to give a closer look at new developments in solid-state physics and to show how these developments can be transferred into applications. In the summer semester 2008 the seminar will continue to focus on the topical field spin electronics and solid-state quantum information processing which are in the focus of several research programs and already have been addressed in the preceeding winter semester.

1. Spintronics:
The selection of this topic is of course triggered by the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for Peter Grünberg and Albert Fert for the discovery of the Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) Effect in 1988. Furthermore, for a long time spintronics is one of the key topics of the research program of WMI. Presently, the WMI research activities on spintronics are embedded into the SPP 1285 on Semiconductor Spin Electronics (Priority Programme of the DFG).


  1. Magnetische Schichten für Festplatten (Nanomagnete, Superparamagnetismus)
  2. Magnetisierung von nanostrukturierten magnetischen Materialien (magnetische Vortices, „Onion“- und „Horseshoe“-Zustände)
  3. Definition und Messung der Spinpolarisation von Festkörpern
  4. Tunneln zwischen Supraleitern und Ferromagneten: physikalische Grundlagen und Messung der Spinpolarisation
  5. Tunneln zwischen zwei Ferromagneten: physikalische Grundlagen und Anwendung des Tunnelmagnetowiderstands

2. Solid-State Quantum Information Processing:
The selection of this topic is motivated by the strong research activities of WMI in this field, which are embedded into the two large coordinated research programs SFB 631 on Solid State Quantum Information Processing (Collaborative Research Center of the DFG) and the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) (Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government).


  1. Kopplung von Festkörper-Quantenbits an Resonatoren: Quantenelektrodynamik mit Festkörperschaltkreisen
  2. Realisierung eines CNOT-Gatters mit Festkörper-Qubits
  3. Optomechanik: Kühlen von Festkörpersystemen mit Licht

The seminar is relevant for the special courses in "Superconductivity and Low Temperature Physics" as well as in "Magnetism and Spintronics". The seminar is suitable for students in the 7. semester and higher. There is a preliminary discussion of the seminar topics on April 15, 2008 at 10.00h in the seminar room of the WMI. However, assignment of topics to students is also possible on consultation (phone: 089-289 14201). The detailed seminar plan will be fixed after the first meeting on April 15, 2008.

Interested students should get in contact with:
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross, e-mail: Rudolf.Gross@wmi.badw.de, phone: (089) 289 14201, or
Dr. Matthias Opel, e-mail: Matthias.Opel@wmi.badw.de, phone: (089) 289 14237.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 was given to Peter Grünberg (left) and Albert Fert (right) for the discovery of the Giant Magnetoresistance

Gruenberg und Fert

Superconducting Quantum Circuit Gruenberg und Fert

For general information on the teaching program of TUM see TUMonline.