In the Master-part (Jogustine modules 08.128.870 and 08.128.871) the lab course is done exclusively in the form of research-projects. You can choose your project to a large extent by your own.

However, the following criteria have to be fulfilled:

  • They cannot be done in the same research group where the bachelor-thesis was already completed.
  • It should be a research project in a lab with a topic in modern physics (with a clear methodology, scope and aim).
  • One project replaces 3 (2 day) experiments. If you do two projects they replace all 5 (2 day) experiments.
  • More theoretical projects (e.g. writing code to generate) data can still be done, but out of two projects only one can be of this type.
  • Duration: Typically 2-3 weeks (4 h/week during semester * 14 weeks = 56 h) of lab work, but this is somewhat flexible.
  • Typically projects are done in groups of 2 people. For some excursions also larger groups are accepted. At the moment (Covid!) the project can also be done by a single person, the supervisors can then adjoin additional candidates.
  • The project has to be defined, supervised, and marked by a researcher with a Ph.D.. That does not imply that this person has to instruct the lab work.
  • The project report can be submitted in the form of a (mock up) publication to a suitable journal.
  • All projects have to be reported to and approved by P. Blümler.

The idea is that students get an idea of what type of research is done in the different groups and how the working atmosphere etc. is like. Use this as a chance to braoden your scope before you decide where you want to do your MSc-thesis.


Available projects

Here is an incomplete list of possible projects in the Master-Part.

  • discover the Zc(3900) particle yourself! (KPH, Denig), PDF
  • practical course in particle physics at PSI (KPH, Berger)
  • gas based particle detectors (ETAP, Schott), PDF
  • development of liquid scintillators for neutrino detection( ETAP, Wurm), PDF
  • frustrated magnets in technology: skyrmions (KOMET, Dupe, Sinova), PDF
  • structure analysis of functional materials by X-rays  (KOMET, Jourdan) PDF
  • Non-equilibrium vs. equilibrium phase transitions (KOMET, Marino) PDF
  • simulations in soft matter science and statistical physics (KOMET, Virnau, Schmid), PDF
  • construction of a magneto-optical trap (QUANTUM, Windpassinger)
  • "Get in touch with accelerator Physics" (Aulenbacher, Meseck), PDF
  • Detector simulations for direct dark matter detection (ETAP, Oberlack), PDF
  • construction of a detector for single protons and anti-protons (QUANTUM, Smorra), PDF
  • Using Terahertz radiation to probe charge carriers…(MPI-P, Bonn), PDF
  • "Two electrons for the price of one photon" (solar cells, MPI-P, Bonn), PDF
  • conductivity in photoexcited graphene (MPI-P, Bonn), PDF

There are many more possibilities. Just ask your favourite research group!


What is the registration procedure?

  1. find a group/professor that accepts you...just ask!
  2. use this form to register (email to Blümler)
  3. P. Blümler approves the project (or not).
  4. Do the project and have fun, write a report and hand it in.
  5. The supervisor will send P. Blümler an individual mark on work and report.
  6. This is the mark for one of the two modules and will be entered in Jogustine.