PHY432 Physics with Muons: From Atomic Physics to Solid State Physics

General Information

Lecturer: Prof. Elvezio Morenzoni
Lecture: Tuesday, 09:00 - 10:45
Exercises: Tuesday, 11:00 - 11:45
Room: Y36 J33
Course Number: UZH: PHY432  /  ETH: 402-0770-00L
Start: Tuesday, 21. February 2017, 09:00


The lecture gives an introduction and overview of muon science. Particularly, the use of polarized muons as microscopic magnetic probes in condensed matter physics will be presented (Muon spin rotation and relaxation techniques, μSR). Examples of recent research results in magnetism, superconductivity, semiconductors, thin film and heterostructures studies will be presented and discussed.

The course consists of two hours of lecture per week and one hour of exercises related to the lecture. Depending on the audience, the lectures can be given in English or German. 


Introduction: muon characteristics, generation of muon beams
Particle physics aspects: muon decay, measurement of the muon magnetic anomaly
Hyperfine interaction, muonium spectroscopy
Fundamentals of muon spin rotation/relaxation and resonance
Static and dynamic spin relaxation
Applications in magnetism: local magnetic fields, phase transitions, spin-glass dynamics
Applications in superconductivity: determination of magnetic penetration depths and coherence length, phase diagram of unconventional superconductors, dynamics of the vortex state
Hydrogen states in semiconductors
Thin films, heterostructures and surface studies with low energy muons


The course can also be attended by ETH students see: ETH Course Catalogue


Elvezio Morenzoni
Paul Scherrer Institut
5232 Villigen PSI


Universität Zürich
Y36 J34
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich


Tel (direct): ++41 56 310 3670
Tel (secretary):  ++41 56 310 4666  (Mrs. Isolde Fuchs)
Tel (switchboard): ++41 56 310 2111
Fax: ++41 56 310 3294