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Mandatory master seminar, SS15

Modern Experiments in AMO

Seminar leaders: Klaus Blaum, Jens Dilling, and Thomas Pfeifer
Place: INF 227 / SR 3.403 (Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik, Univ. Heidelberg)
Time: Tue. 16.15 - 18.00 (weekly)
First seminar: 14. April 2015
Registration: Moodle course (closed)


  • Seminar schedule and presentations: Moodle course (closed)
  • Language: English
  • ECTS points: 6
  • Prerequisites: basic knowledge of atomic physics from the bachelor program
  • Content: current research topics in the field of AMO
  • Form of testing and examination: 45 min talk on agreed topic, submission of presentation and a short write-up; participation in discussions
  • Literature: initial information on the individual study of the literature (original literature) is given for each lecture topic

List of assigned topics

  • The g-factor of the bound-electron: stringent Test of QED and the mass of the electron (Anika Frölian, tutor: Klaus Blaum)
  • The g-factor of the free electron: determination of the fine structure constant alpha (Sandro Kraemer, tutor: Klaus Blaum)
  • Test of the time variation of fundamental constants using highly-charged ions (Armin Schwierk, tutor: José Crespo)
  • Test of E=mc2 with high-precision Penning trap mass spectrometry (Maurus Hans, tutor: Klaus Blaum)
  • Physics in Strong Laser Fields (Lukas Heizmann, tutor: Thomas Pfeifer)
  • Physics of and with X-ray Free-electron lasers (Hannes Lindenblatt, tutor: Robert Moshammer)
  • Laser Particle Acceleration (Maximilian Sohmen, tutor: Thomas Pfeifer)
  • Laser Cooling and Trapping (Severin Meister, tutor: Alexander Dorn)
  • Quantum Gases, Fermi- and Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs) (Marvin Holten, tutor: Thomas Pfeifer)
  • Generation of ultrashort laser pulses (Ralf Klemt, tutor: Thomas Pfeifer)
  • Time-resolved physics in atoms and molecules (Niklas Müller, tutor: Robert Moshammer)
  • Quantum Control with shaped laser pulses (Marius Rimmler, tutor: Thomas Pfeifer)
  • Laser Cooling of Ions in Coulomb Crystals (Vipilan Sivanesan, tutor: José Crespo)
  • Electron collisions with atoms and molecules (Lukas Falk, tutor: Alexander Dorn)
  • Testing fundamental nuclear physics with atomic methods: Ca-isotopes investigated (Simon Ternes, tutor: Jens Dilling)
  • Rydberg gases (Alina Gebauer, tutor: Alexander Dorn)

List of available topics

  • Lorentz invariance and time dilation - stringent tests with laser spectroscopy in a storage ring
  • (Re-)collision physics
  • Experiments with single/entangled photons
  • Frequency combs and optical clocks
  • Photoionization of Hot Astrophysical Matter
  • Size and mass of helium-neutron halos, the most exotic nuclei on earth
  • Testing QED at storage rings