Quantum Coherence Lab

Zumbühl Group



last updated June 1, 2017, tc



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. This should result in a larger number of participants, providing a broader range of topics and feed back, thus improving the learning experience.

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.



  • 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, room 4.1, 12:15pm, infos and organization
March 2demo presentation
before March 14Email the coordinator Christian Scheller your topic of choise (plus an alternative).
before March 16Assignments of TAs and set of dates for presentations. There will be typically two presentations per week. Please note that April 13 and May 25 are holidays (no classes)
April 6Student presentation start


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/Ecoordinator
Olesia Dmytruk4.18E
Silas Hoffman4.177 3756E
Bilal Kalyoncu1.127 3691E
Taras Patlatiuk1.107 3786E
Marcel Serina4.87 3746E
Dr. Dominik Zumbühl1.16a7 3693D/E


Proseminar Talks


DateNameTopic of the talk
4.5.2017Manuel FrietschOrganic semiconductors
4.5.2017Fabio RuiSi MOSFETs
11.5.2017Mauro SpreiterCarbon Nanotubes
11.5.2017Kristopher CervenySpin-orbit coupling
18.5.2017Viktoria YurgensNV-centers
18.5.2017Claudio AlterGraphene
1.6.2017Drilon ZenelajSuperconductivity
1.6.2017Gustavo PrackMajorana fermions
Christian GrilzAuditor