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

General Information

Lecturer: Dr. Alex Amato and Dr. Hubertus Luetkens
Lecture: Monday, 09:00 - 10:45
Exercises: Monday, 11:00 - 11:45

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Course Number: PHY432

Monday, 19. February 2024, 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.
A short introduction to the muon-induced X-ray emission technique is also provided.

The course consists of two hours of lecture per week and one hour of exercises related to the lecture.
The course 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
Elemental analysis with negative muons


Visit to the Paul Scherrer Institute
In the realm of the lecture, you will be invited to a one day visit of the large scale μSR facility of the Swiss Muon Source at the Paul Scherrer Institute



Alex Amato or Hubertus Luetkens
Paul Scherrer Institut
5232 Villigen PSI


Tel (direct): +41 56 310 3232 (Alex) or +41 56 310 4450 (Hubertus)
Tel (secretary):  +41 56 310 4666  (Mrs. Isolde Fuchs) or +41 56 310 3402 (Mrs Renate Bercher)
Tel (switchboard): +41 56 310 2111