Contents of this course:

  • Electrons in strong laser fields 
  • Ionization mechanisms
  • Basic plasma physics
  • Nonlinear relativistic optics
  • Electron acceleration in underdense plasmas
  • Ion acceleration
  • X-ray generation in intense laser pulses

This course is intend to provide some fundamental concepts and applications for students interested in nanoscale science and technology. We will cover the physical and chemical basis of nanoscale science and this will guide us in understanding the properties (electrical, magnetic, optical, mechanical, etc.) of materials at previously inaccessible size scales. We will also explore applications ranging from bio to energy.

Femtosecond laser pulses can achieve enormous light intensity, so that electrons oscillate in the laser field with relativistic speed. This regime is extremely interesting from a physical point of view and leads to the acceleration of particles when interacting with plasmas. The emitted ultra-short, intense and mutually synchronous ion, electron and photon pulses enable novel applications and research, for example in medical physics. We will work out the theoretical and technical basics as well as prime application examples in the framework of the integrated laser-driven ion accelerator concept, which we are currently developing at the Petawatt laser system at the Centre for Advanced Laser Applications in Garching.

First session: H206, Wed, April 27th, 4.p.m c.t., H206 and via Zoom

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This is a course for students taking a Master in Physics or Astrophysics. This course will enable you to not only learn about the evolution and structure formation processes in the Universe, the course will equip you with the necessary tools to pursue original research in modern cosmology and hence actively participate in the quest of uncovering some of the deepest mysteries of the Universe and Physics. You will learn the basics of general relativity, the riddles of dark matter and dark energy, the origin of structures in the very early Universe and how they evolve to the distribution of galaxies and the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background.

The core of the course is not just the lecture but also hands-on problems you learn to solve with the advice of experienced tutors.

In particular topics include

  1. The Cosmic Distance Ladder 
  2. Modelling the Expansion of the Universe 
  3. Cosmology from Distance Measures  
  4. The Large-Scale Distribution of Galaxies   
  5. Modelling the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe   
  6. Cosmological Tests with Large-Scale Structure  
  7. Structures in Radiation - The Cosmic Microwave Background
  8. Modelling of Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies 
  9. Cosmology with Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies
  10. Weighing the Universe - The Most Massive Objects: Galaxy Clusters
  11. State of the Art: Bringing it all together - The H0 Tension

Please self enroll into the course and register on LSF here.

Learner Testimonials:

"This was my favorite course in the whole semester. Prof.Weller did explain really well all the core concepts and helped us in understanding our universe even better."

"Das Engagement und die Begeisterung des Dozenten für sein Thema, das war auch ansteckend. Und die immer gute Laune. Die Möglichkeit häufig und viele Fragen zu stellen. Die große Bereitschaft Fragen zu beantworten, sowohl des Dozenten als auch der Tutoren."

Arnold Sommerfeld Preis für Beste Mastervorlesung 2022

Ever improving measurements and control in the field of quantum optics have enabled today’s most precise measurements of time as well as atomic gases at the coldest temperatures ever recorded. This module introduces key experimental techniques used in such experiments, focusing on practical applications in the laboratory. Subjects will include random processes and noise, control theory and feedback loops, electronics, photon detection, and optical elements. We will also touch on several practical applications of the techniques and methods introduced in the lecture, focusing on the stabilization of laser light.