"The search for our place in the cosmos has fascinated human beings for thousands of years. For the first time in human history we have technological capabilities that put us on the verge of answering such questions as, 'Do other Earths exist?,' '' Are they common?, 'And' Do they harbor life? ' Critical to inferring whether or not a planet is habitable or inhabited is an understanding of the exoplanetary atmosphere. Indeed, almost all of our information about temperatures and chemical abundances in planets comes from atmospheric photometry or spectroscopy. "- Sara Seager


  • Construct the tools needed to study exoplanet atmospheres theoretically and observationally
  • Identify the key physical processes responsible for atmospheric evolution
  • Paint a pedagogical overview of the atmospheric structures and their diversity
  • Map out future research areas
  • Develop practical skills that are broadly applicable in astrophysics

The minimal requirements for the course are classical field theory, in particular gauge theory with Non-Abelian gauge groups. In the second half of the semester, quantum effects in supersymmetric theories will be discussed, so some knowledge of such effects in non-supersymmetric quantum field theory will be very useful.

Please consult the plan from an earlier lecture for more details on the contents under https://www.physik.uni-muenchen.de/lehre/vorlesungen/sose_20/TVI_TMP-TB3_-Supersymmetry/index.html

Short description of content: We make an overview of some recent topics concerning atomic and nuclear physics, as related to current and planned small tabletop experiments, as well as accelerator-based experiments. A simple overview of the theoretical background of the Standard Model related to these experiments are provided during the first 2/3 of the semester. In this semester, we will cover the fundamental symmetries, weak interaction, electroweak theory, and Higgs mechanism; with some discussion on WIMP dark matter in the context of small-scale atomic physics experiments. During the first few lectures, we will review the material covered in Modern atomic and nuclear physics I. The lecture assumes some basic undergraduate-level knowledge of quantum mechanics.

Until the coronavirus issues are resolved, the lectures will be provided online using Zoom. If you have questions, please e-mail: Masaki.Hori@mpq.mpg.de If you would like to participate, please register in LSF and you will receive the password to the Zoom session.

Note: I was told the "register" function in LSF doesn't seem to be available for exchange students. If this is true for you, please e-mail me and I will register you.

Content of the course:
Fundamental properties of semiconductors and semiconductor devices. Focus is on the introduction of relevant materials, in particular doped Si, GaAs heterostructures, organic semiconductors,  2D-materials, and lead halide perowskites. We introduce fundamental concepts to explain physical properties of these materials. This includes experimental characterization by electrical and optical methods and typical device applications. Most important topics are: Crystal lattice and band structures, optical and electronical excitations, charge separation and charge transport, transistors, photo diodes and photovoltaics, LEDs and laser diodes

A colloquial definition of nanotechnology accounts for “any technology that involves controllably engineering structures with at least some critical dimension less than 100 nm in extent”. Estimates of the global economic impact of nanotechnology in the next five years exceed €1 trillion.

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.


Vorlesung + Übung (ca. 14-tägig)