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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
WS 2012/13


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
Walther-Meißner-Institut (E23)
Technische Universität München and BAdW
Preliminary discussion and assignment of topics
(no talk)
Niklas Roschewsky
Spin Seebeck Insulator
(Advisor: Sebastian Gönnenwein)
Nikolaj Bittner
Andreas Walter
Marco Bobinger
Jochen Bissinger
(no talk)
(3-Königs-Treffen, Bad Honnef)
Johannes Mendil
Inverse Spin Hall Effect
(Advisor: Sebastian Gönnenwein)
Philipp Metzner

Within the seminar students can give talks on current topics in condensed matter physics. The seminar aims to give a closer look at new developments in condensed matter physics and to show how these developments can be transferred into applications. In the winter semester 2012/13, the seminar will again focus on spin electronics, solid-state quantum information processing, the physics of solid-state nanostructures, and high temperature superconductivity (including the previously discovered FeAs superconductors). These topics are in the focus of several research programs of WMI and collaborative research programs in the Munich area (e.g. Collaborative Research Center 631, Excellence Cluster "Nanosystems Initiative Munich").

The seminar is relevant for the special courses on "Superconductivity and Low Temperature Physics" as well as on "Magnetism and Spintronics". It is also suitable for bachelor and master students in the 5th semester and higher.

List of open topics for seminar talks in WS 2012/13

  1. Spin injection into a mesoscopic superconductor (see Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 207001, 2012)
  2. Nanomechanics - Ground state cooling (from continuous wave strategies to pulsed damping) (see Nature 475, 359–363, 2011)
  3. Nanomechanics - The Strong Coupling Regime (see Nature 475, 359–363, 2011)
  4. The Josephson Heat Interferometer (see Giazotto et al., Nature 492,401–405, 2012)
  5. Memristive Devices for Computing (see Yang et al., Nature Nanotechnology 8,13–24, 2013)
  6. Storing Quantum Information in Spin Systems - Concepts and Perspectives (see Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 2011)
  7. Determination of the energy gap in superconductors via scanning tunneling spectroscopy (see Science 328, 474, 2010)
  8. Racetrack 2.0 - High velocity magnetic domain wall motion (see K.-S. Ryu et al., Appl. Phys. Express, 2012)
  9. Electronic read-out of a single nuclear spin using a molecular spin transistor (see R. Vincent et al., Nature, 2012)
  10. Single spins for sensitive sensing (see Nature Nanotechnology 7, 320, 2012)
  11. Nanoscale magnetic sensing with individual electronic spin in diamond (see J.R. Maze et al., Nature, 2008, and M. Schaffry et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2011)
  12. Photonic quantum simulators (see Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Nature Physics, 2012)
  13. Coherent quantum phase slip (see Astafiev et al., Nature, 2012)
  14. Spontaneous coherence in a cold exciton gas (see A.A. High, Nature, 2012)
  15. Cavity Optomechanical Magnetometer (see S. Forstner, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2012)
  16. Quantum-coherent coupling of a mechanical oscillator to an optical cavity mode (see E. Verhagen, Nature, 2012)
  17. Local probing of propagating acoustic waves in a gigahertz echo chamber (see Martin V. Gustafsson, Nature Physics 2012)
  18. Half-integer Flux Quantum Transitions in a Niobium-Iron Pnictide Loop (see C.-T. Chen, Nature Physics 2010)
  19. Strong back-action of a linear circuit on a single electronic quantum channel (see F. D. Parmentier, Nature Physics 2012)
  20. Observation of the inverse spin Hall effect in silicon (see K. Ando & E. Saitoh, Nature Comm. 3, 629 (2012))
  21. Spin Seebeck insulator (see K. Uchida et al., Nature Mater. 9, 894 (2010))
  22. Current-driven spin torque induced by the Rashba effect in a ferromagnetic metal layer (see I.M. Miron et al., Nature Mater 9, 230 (2010))
  23. Spin–orbit-driven ferromagnetic resonance (see D. Fang et al., Nature NanoTech 6, 413 (2011))
  24. Electrical control of the ferromagnetic phase transition in cobalt at room temperature (see D. Chiba et al., Nature Mater. 10,853 (2011))
  25. Strong Coupling between Spins and Cavities
  26. Nernst Effect and Dimensionality in the Quantum Limit
  27. Magnonics
  28. Spiral Spin States

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