Proseminar Condensed Matter Physics 2024

Updated 240215

Physics 1-4, condensed matter physics, (quantum mechanics), (parallel 6. semester statistical mechanics)

Selected topics from experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics.

This proseminar covers the broad spectrum of condensed matter physics including both theoretical as well as experimental condensed matter physics. This is an introductory level proseminar, intended to be taken after having heard the condensed matter physics lecture in the fall. There may also be a different, more advanced experimental nano- and quantumphysics proseminar covering state-of-the-art and/or recent research results (maybe in the fall).

Students will pick one topic (from a list, or suggest your own topic) and present it to the class (30 minutes presentation plus discussion), with the goal of giving a pedagogical introduction at a level that can be followed by the class. The slides (pdf) and a 2 page summary (pdf, from LaTeX) are to be handed in. No problem sets. Topics from both theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics are available.

Entry in course book of the University.


  • learn selected topics of condensed matter physics (more advanced compared to the introductory lecture of the fall semester)
  • presentation skills
  • discussion skills
  • literature research

Teaching assistants
The teaching assistants (TAs) will guide the students through the preparation of the talk and 2-page summary. Also, there will be a demo talk done by a TA to give a good example.

Schedule FS2024

Feb 291st meeting, alter HS2, 12:15pm, infos and organization
Mar...21demo presentations: Quantum dots, and Coulomb blockade thermometry
Mar 22Email Christian Scheller and Dominik your topic of choice (plus an alternative).
Apr 4Assignments of TAs and dates for presentations.
There will be typically two presentations per week.
Please note that March 28 and May 9 are holidays (no classes)
May 2presentations
May 16presentations
May 23presentations
May 30presentations


Number grades 1-6 will be awarded, based on the in-class presentation and the 2-page summary. Students are expected to attend class every Thursday. Students and TAs will fill out a feedback form (anonymous) after each talk giving the presenter an evaluation. Please note that the preparation is a considerable effort (4KP).


Teaching Team

Dr. Christian Scheller1.107 3786D/E                
James Mingchi Xu1.127 3746E 
Simon Svab1.247 3912D/E 
Dr. Dominik Zumbühl1.16a7 3693D/E