PHY291 Proseminar in Experimental Physics

Thursdays, 10:15 - 12:00

UZH Y36K08  - Irchel Campus - online

2 ETCS points (60 h)

Language: English
Attendance: mandatory, at least 80% of presentations
Grading: failed/passed

Remote access

Zoom-Link:

https://uzh.zoom.us/j/8676622178?pwd=TnZuelpHakduSm5nT3BlRzRwVHZrZz09

General information

With a focus on the experimental aspect, we will cover Nobelprizes (NP) in Physics and Chemistry, where the Noble lecture shall be the starting point for the 25 minutes presentations.

The students may pick their coaches and the NP suggested by these coaches in the order of their booking of the lecture. From the coaches' list of suggested NP, the student picks one. 

The format attempts to simulate a conference environment in which you present your findings to a peer audience, which is composed of your fellow students. 

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the proseminar, the student will have learned:
1. to use the basic methods of literature retrieval

2. to condense the knowledge from scientific sources into a presentation
3. to obtain good presentation skills
4. details about the experimental aspects and methods of research 

5. how to connect with and get support from their coach

6. to answer to questions/comments to their presentation

Additional information

The talks should take 25 minutes, additional 15 minutes are reserved for questions and discussion.


Evaluation criteria:
1. structure and organization of the talk
2. presentation of basic knowledge
3. presentation of advanced aspects
4. quality and relevance of presented formulae and figures
5. the clarity of the presentation
6. the ability to present the topic with excitement and enthusiasm
7. time keeping
8. the ability to answer questions and comments

9. quality of questions from the audience

10. Literature research documentation and correct citation

11. the participation on your colleagues' presentations

 

The grade (fail/pass) is composed of your own presentation, your replies to the comments/questions to your presentation, and your participation in the presentation of your colleagues (commenting/question on at least 80% of the presentations mandatory). 

You are selecting the 3 best comments/questions for your talk, which serves as the basis for selecting the student with the best participation. 

The presentations are ranked by the coaches and the best will receive an award. 

 

Timeline:

Before Thursday:  (1) A Youtube link to the recorded talk (or the video file) is sent to coordinator (Qisi Wang). 

                              (2) Literature portfolio is sent to Anna.

Thursday morning:  The coordinator sends the link to all people involved. 

The next Tuesday evening:  Questions are closed.

The next Wednesday evening:  Answers from the presenter are closed.

The next Thursday:  Coordinator receives feedbacks from the coach and referees.

 

Documents (sharepoint)

Link to the sharepoint of useful documents can be found here and here

 

Examples of talks

Below are three examples of previous proseminar talks

Topic: The development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy
Speaker: Mischa Stifter

Topic: Néel antiferromagnetism
Speaker: Christopher Binz

Topic: Discovery of fullerenes
Speaker: Stefanie Jucker

 

Proseminar in Experimental Physics: Program

# date speaker topic coach referees
 

24.02.2022

10:15-12:00

Johan Chang, Anna Veron Introduction and Slot allocation, Introduction into Literature Research    
  03.03.2022 Anna Veron Introduction into Literature Research    
  10.03.2022

Anna Veron

Introduction into Literature Research    
  17.03.2022 Mischa Stifter Experience sharing    
1 24.03.2022 Seraina Eisele The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider." Lea Caminada Patrick Owen
2 24.03.2022 Maximilian Schmid The Nobel Prize in Physics 1960 was awarded to Donald Arthur Glaser "for the invention of the bubble chamber." Patrick Owen Lea Caminada
3 31.03.2022 Ukshin Sylmetaj The Nobel Prize in Physics 1994 was awarded "for pioneering contributions to the development of neutron scattering techniques for studies of condensed matter" jointly with one half to Bertram N. Brockhouse "for the development of neutron spectroscopy" and with one half to Clifford G. Shull "for the development of the neutron diffraction technique." Marc Janoschek Qisi Wang
4 31.03.2022     Jürg Osterwalder Marc Janoschek
5 07.04.2022 Muriel Baldinger The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1979 was awarded jointly to Allan M. Cormack and Godfrey N. Hounsfield "for the development of computer assisted tomography." Jan Unkelbach Christof Aegerter
6 07.04.2022 Sara Erni The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2003 was awarded jointly to Paul C. Lauterbur and Sir Peter Mansfield "for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging." Christof Aegerter Jan Unkelbach
7 14.04.2022 Sara Engeli The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 was awarded jointly to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene." Tatiana Latychevskaia

Fabian Natterer

Christof Aegerter

8 14.04.2022 Sarah Bernardinis

[Scanning tunneling microscope]

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1986 was divided, one half awarded to Ernst Ruska "for his fundamental work in electron optics, and for the design of the first electron microscope", the other half jointly to Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer "for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope."

Fabian Natterer

Tatiana Latychevskaia

Christof Aegerter

9 14.04.2022 Leila Freitag The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 was awarded to Dan Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals." Christof Aegerter

Fabian Natterer

Tatiana Latychevskaia

10 21.04.2022 Jessica Melanie Kneubühl The Nobel Prize in Physics 1987 was awarded jointly to J. Georg Bednorz and K. Alexander Müller "for their important break-through in the discovery of superconductivity in ceramic materials." Andreas Schilling Qisi Wang
11 21.04.2022 Roger Brunner The Nobel Prize in Physics 2003 was awarded jointly to Alexei A. Abrikosov, Vitaly L. Ginzburg and Anthony J. Leggett "for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids." Qisi Wang Andreas Schilling
12 28.04.2022 Alessandra Lorenzetti

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1995 was awarded "for pioneering experimental contributions to lepton physics" jointly with one half to Martin L. Perl "for the discovery of the tau lepton" and with one half to Frederick Reines "for the detection of the neutrino."

Ben Kilminster

Florencia Canelli

Laura Baudis

13 28.04.2022 Ioannis Stylianos Velonias The Nobel Prize in Physics 1959 was awarded jointly to Emilio Gino Segrè and Owen Chamberlain "for their discovery of the antiproton." Florencia Canelli

Ben Kilminster

Laura Baudis

14 28.04.2022 Julian Haas The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass." Laura Baudis

Florencia Canelli

Ben Kilminster

15 05.05.2022 Philipp Duss The Nobel Prize in Physics 1980 was awarded jointly to James Watson Cronin and Val Logsdon Fitch "for the discovery of violations of fundamental symmetry principles in the decay of neutral K-mesons." Nicola Serra Cristina Botta
16 05.05.2022   The Nobel Prize in Physics 1957 was awarded jointly to Chen Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao (T.D.) Lee "for their penetrating investigation of the so-called parity laws which has led to important discoveries regarding the elementary particles." Cristina Botta Nicola Serra
17 12.05.2022 Orion Gerguri The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." Thomas Greber

Ben Kilminster

Fabian Natterer

18 12.05.2022 Rebekka Wittwer The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009 was divided, one half awarded to Charles Kuen Kao "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication", the other half jointly to Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit - the CCD sensor." Ben Kilminster

Thomas Greber

Fabian Natterer

19 12.05.2022 Brigitte Decrausaz The Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 was awarded jointly to Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg "for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance." Fabian Natterer

Thomas Greber

Ben Kilminster

20 19.05.2022 Yuri van der Burg

[Electron microscope]

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1986 was divided, one half awarded to Ernst Ruska "for his fundamental work in electron optics, and for the design of the first electron microscope", the other half jointly to Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer "for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope."

Thomas Greber Johan Chang
21 19.05.2022 Flavia Bindschedler The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded jointly to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution." Johan Chang Thomas Greber
22 26.05.2022 Tanja Gisler The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves." Philippe Jetzer

Julian Adamek

Johan Chang

23 26.05.2022 Lucijana Stanic

[Exoplanet]

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded "for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the cosmos" with one half to James Peebles "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology", the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star."

Julian Adamek

Philippe Jetzer

Johan Chang

24 26.05.2022 Luca Franceschetti

[Global warming]

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 was awarded "for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems" with one half jointly to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann "for the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming" and the other half to Giorgio Parisi "for the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales."

Johan Chang Fabian Natterer
25 02.06.2022 Stanislav Linchakovskyy The Nobel Prize in Physics 2005 was divided, one half awarded to Roy J. Glauber "for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence", the other half jointly to John L. Hall and Theodor W. Hänsch "for their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique." Jürg Osterwalder

Andreas Schilling

Marc Janoschek

26 02.06.2022 Simon Fankhauser The Nobel Prize in Physics 2001 was awarded jointly to Eric A. Cornell, Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl E. Wieman "for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates." Andreas Schilling

Jürg Osterwalder

Marc Janoschek

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