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

General Information

Lecturer: Dr. Alex Amato
Lecture: Monday, 09:00 - 10:45
Exercises: Monday, 11:00 - 11:45
Room: Y35-J-33
Course Number: PHY432
Start: Monday, 22. February 2021, 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. The lectures is given in English. 


Introduction: muon characteristics, generation of muon beams
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



Alex Amato
Paul Scherrer Institut
5232 Villigen PSI


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