Proseminar Condensed Matter (2023)

Updated 230504


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


Selected topics from experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics.

In previous semesters, a number of condensed matter physics proseminars have existed, e.g. Proseminar Oberflächenphysik, Proseminar theoretische Physik (condensed matter) and Proseminar Physik der kondensierten Materie (general introductory KoMa proseminar). These were merged into a single proseminar covering the entire broad spectrum of condensed matter physics including both theoretical as well as experimental condensed matter physics.

Note that in the fall semester, the proseminar in experimental nano- and quantumphysics is organized as a more advanced proseminar covering state-of-the-art and/or recent research results.


Students will pick one topic (from a list, or suggest your own topic) and present it to the class (30 minutes talk 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.


Feb 231st meeting, neuer HS1, 12:15pm, infos and organization
March......23exemplary presentations: Quantum dots, and Coulomb blockade thermometry
by March 24Email Christian Scheller and Dominik your topic of choice (plus an alternative).
March 30Assignments of TAs and dates for presentations. There will be typically two presentations per week. Please note that May18 is a holiday (no classes)
May 4presentations start, 3x25 min
May 11presentations 3x25 min
May 25presentations 2x25 min
June 1presentations 2x25 min



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                
Dr. Taras Patlatiuk1.107 3786E 
Artemii Efimov1.127 3756E 
Omid Sharifi1.247 3691E 
Nikunj Verma1.107 3786E 
James Mingchi Xi1.127 3746E 
Simon Geyer5.167 3691D/E 
Dr. Dominik Zumbühl1.16a7 3693D/E