Advanced Lab Course (FOPRA)

The advanced lab course offers the opportunity to undertake complex physics experiments in our research institutes already during your Bachelor’s and Master’s studies.

This page describes the advanced lab courses in the B.Sc. Physics as well as in the Physics Master programs and in the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology. Information on the advanced lab course in the M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics can be found on the specific pages of the BEMP advanced lab course.

The experiments in the Advanced Lab Course are integrated into the experimental groups at the Physics Department and the participating Max-Planck institutes, where they are carried out. In addition LMU provides selected experiments exklusively for the students in M. Sc. Quantum Scinece & Technology. It is the ideal opportunity to learn a bit more about the research done in each place and to gain important information regarding the future specialization or the choice of the Bachelor's/Master's thesis.

Overall responsibility for the Advanced Lab Course is with Prof. Sharp and Prof. Schönert for the Physics programs and Prof. Brandt for the M. Sc. Quantum Science & Technology.

Safety Instruction

A safety instruction is obligatory for each participant before taking part at the advanced lab course and then at least once a year. The safety instruction including a test is done in an online Moodle course.

The database containing the information on the safety instruction status of the participants is synchronized once a day with Moodle i.e.  the warnings about missing safety instructins do not dissappear immediately after passing the test in the online Moodle course.

Registration for the Advanced Lab Course

Registration for the Advanced Lab Course is done via TUMonline. Only for experiment 61 the registaration procedure is different – you can find information on the registration in the detailed description of experiment.

Finding a Team

The experiments in the Advanced Lab Course are done in teams of regularly three students. If sufficient places are available, as an exception an experiment can be done by two students. The experiments at LMU, exclusively available for students in M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology, are also done in teams of three.

Ideally, you find your team at the beginning of the semester. It makes sense, when the team members have similar interests and hence are enrolled in the same degree program. To support you in finding a team you can use the Chatroom in the TUM Matrix Chat.

Select a name for your team (it is helpful to simply concatenate your three last names together). This team has to be entered at registration by every team member.

We recommend that you work as a team for the semester. But technically, it is possible to register in different registration procedures/two-week periods with a different team.

Experiment Selection

Get together with your team before registering in TUMonline and select the experiments and time slots possible for all of you.

Keep in mind that not all experiments are offered in every time slot. You can find out in which timeslots an experiment is offered by selecting the course in TUMonline – the course detail page lists all the registration procedures and hence the timeslots the course is offered in.

Notes on experiment selection for specific programs:

Bachelor’s program Physics

Within the Bachelor's program course 6 CP have to be achieved from the FOPRA. To orientate oneself in all scientific directions, there are no restrictions concerning the attribution of the experiments to certain major fields of study KM, KTA, BIO or AEP. Experiments exclusive to the QST cannot be included in the Bachelor studies.

Due to the restrictions that apply in the Master’s programs it even makes sense to select experiments complementary to your own focus area.

Since the FOPRA takes place during the winter and the summer semester we recommend to perform 4 experiments during the winter and 2 experiments during the summer semester.

Masters’s program Physics (KM, KTA, BIO, AEP)

Within one of the Master' programs 6 CP have to be achieved from the FOPRA. In doing so at least four CP must originate from the elected major field of study (KM, KTA, BIO, AEP).

We recommend to perform three experiments in the winter semester and three experiments in the summer semester. Experiments that are only assigned to QST as well as experiments already used in the TUM Bachelor can not be taken.

Masters’s program QST

Within the Master's program QST 6 CP have to be achieved from the FOPRA. In doing so at least two credits must be earned from each of the two focus areas (experimental/theory). The assignment to the respective focus area can be seen in the table with the experiments (Ex = experimental / TH = theory).

We recommend to do the FOPRA in your second semester (SS).

Masters’s program Science Education (MA/PH teacher)

Within the Master's program in science education (mathematics / physics) 4 CP in FOPRA have to be achieved. There are no restrictions concerning the attribution of the experiments to certain major fields of study. Only the LMU experiments are exklusive only for QST students.

Registration in TUMonline

There is a registration period for each two-week period during the lecture period in TUMonline.

In each registration procedure with a time slot suitable for you, give your preferences for all the experiments you want to do. You will finally be assigned at most one place. If you give preferences for an experiment in more than one time slot, you will at most be assigned one place in this experiment.

Each team member needs to register in TUMonline!

  • All team members give the same team name (e.g. simply concatenating your three last names together)!
  • All team members in one registration procedure select the same experiments!

The electronics lab (experiments 90/91) consists of weekly dates that need to be attended during all the semester. Registration for the Electronics Lab Course is done in a separate registration procedure.

Direct Links to the registration procedures:

Experiment 61 (July 8 to 12 2024) (booking open)

Experiment 91 (Electronics Lab Course) (booking open until July, 19th)

KW 18/19 (closed)

KW 20/21 (closed)1

KW 22/23 (open until 30.5. still available experiments: 5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 22, 26, 28, 31, 34, 35, 38, 42, 45, 53, 56, 75, 77, 85, 86, 88, 89, 102, 104, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112)

KW 24/25 (open until 13.6. still available experiments: 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 20, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31, 33, 42, 45, 50, 53, 56, 75, 77, 85, 86, 89, 101, 102, 104, 109, 111, 112, 113)

KW 26/27 (open until 27.6. still available experiments: 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 42, 50, 53, 56, 75, 77, 85, 86, 88, 89, 101, 102, 104, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113)

KW 28/29 (open until 11.7. still available experiments: 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15,  22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 35, 37, 45, 50, 53, 56, 73, 75, 77, 85, 86, 88, 89, 101, 102, 104, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112)

Assignment of Places

Assignment of places is done asynchroneously according to the default ranking – keep in mind that the registration date has no influence on your ranking until the next assignment date. Places are only assigned if at least two students with the same team name register for the same experiment and the same date. Teams of three are preferred to teams of two.

The first places for the winter term 2023/24 were assigned on the 12th of October 2023. Until the end of the term you still may add further preferences for experiments in future timeslots. Remaining places are assigned each Friday. Thus, please complete your registration before Thursday, 23:59 hours, take part in the next FOPRA lottery. Last-minute-lab-slots, which start in less than a week might be distributed on other days too.

In TUMonline your status can reach three levels: 

  • "requirements met" means, that you have applied for a place at this experiment in the given timeslot.
  • "distributed" means, that a place in the given timeslot would be available for you. This is the status that you get directly after the new FOPRA lottery on Friday, if your team won a slot. If you stay in this status you most probably did not pass the test to the safety instruction in Moodle. In this case: please repeat the test until you get all 9 answers right. If you cannot register in the Moodle course, please write an E-Mail to studium@nat.tum.de .
  • "confirmed place" means that your team should now contact the experiment’s supervisors and obtain the individual dates for conducting the experiment.

If you are assigned a confirmed place you are automatically informed by TUMonline via E-Mail. As a team contact the experiment’s supervisors, if you were assigned a confirmed place, in order to obtain the individual dates for conducting the experiment.

Doing the Experiment

For the realisation of the experimental part, one has to plan an entire day – which occasionally can only happen at the expenses of other courses. The complete realisation of a FOPRA experiment includes:

  • Preparation (insufficiently prepared participants may be rejected)
  • Experimental realization
  • Working out (written)
  • Colloquium (minimum 30 minutes long, final discussion and examination)

The Advanced Lab Course is defined as course work, which is a pass/fail scheme without numerical total grade. For some experiments numerical grades are issued. These are only for your self-assessment and are printed on grade reports only not on the final Transcript of Records.

Each successfully completed experiment will be entered by the corresponding supervisors in TUMonline as passed exam. Every participant is asked to check that her/his entry in TUMonline is done promptly after finishing the experiment. Check with the experiment’s supervisors if something is missing.

FOPRA Experiments in summer semester 2024

Nr.ExperimentKTAKMBIOAEPQST-EXQST-THCP
02Measurement of the Radon Concentration in Room Air Tutor: Moritz Neuberger  1
05Doppler Free Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy Tutor: Gianvito Chiarella   1
07Molecular Motors Tutors: Ann-Caroline Heiler, Arsenii Hordeichyk     1
08

High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction Tutors: Maximilian Christis, Julius Kühne

(Since this experiment requires a radiation safety training in advance, it is recommended to coordinate with the supervisors at least 2 weeks before your intended lab course date.)

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09Capacitive Properties of a Gold/Electrolyte Interface Tutor: Simon Leinsibach 1
12Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy Tutors: Laurin Hess (German), Abdulrahman Albarodi (English), Zeqing Shen (English) 1
13Laser and Non-Linear Optics Tutor: Johannes Pittrich 1
14Optical Absorption Tutor: Sae Rom Lim  1
15Quantum Information Using Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers In Diamond Tutors: Marius Straßner, Lina Maria Todenhagen   1
16Josephson Effects in Superconductors Tutors: Kedar Honasoge, Wun Kwan Yam   1
18DNA Cleaving and Gene Repression using CRISPR/Cas Tutors: Henning Hellmer, Maria Theresa Ponetsmüller
(Contact for students with fixed places in TUMonline: e14fopra@nat.tum.de)
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20Cloning and Gene Expression Tutors: Henning Hellmer, Maria Theresa Ponetsmüller
(Contact for students with fixed places in TUMonline: e14fopra@nat.tum.de)
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21Lebensdauer-Messung Tutor: Thomas Klemenz  1
22Laserinduzierte Stromtransientenmethode Tutor: Elena Gubanova  1
23Ferromagnetische Resonanz (FMR) Tutor: Sina Mehboodi   1
24Feldeffekt-Transistor (MOSFET) Tutor: Stefan Strohauer, Steffen Meder   1
26Silicon-based Photon Detectors in Particle Physics Experiments Betreuer: Martin Bartl  1
27Messung der Neutrinomasse mit KATRIN Tutor: Xaver Stribl  1
28Halbleiter-Photoelektrochemie Tutors: Gabriel Grötzner, Matthias KuhlSaswati Santra  1
30Elektrokatalyse (alkalische Wasserelektrolyse) Tutors: Haiting Yu (english), Lewin Deville (german)  1
31Kooperatives Verhalten in Netzwerken von mechanischen Oszillatoren Tutor: Nicolas Thomé1
32Tensornetzwerksimulationen gebundener Zustände in gestörten Ising-Ketten Tutors: Markus Drescher, Raul Morral Yepes 2
33Kitaevs Honigwabenmodell: Eine exakte Quantenspinflüssigkeit Tutor: Valentin Leeb 2
34Simulation von Quantenvielteilchendynamik auf einem digitalen Quantencomputer Tutor: Wilhelm Kadow 1–2
35Elektronenspektroskopie an Oberflächen Tutors: Ignacio Piquero-Zulaica, Mohammadreza Rostami 1
37Symmetrien in exfoliierten 2D-Quantenmaterialien Tutors: Katharina Nisi, Nina Pettinger   1
38Lieb-Robinson bounds and their applications Tutors: Simone Warzel, Severin Schraven
(Offered only once in the summer semester. Monday 27th of May.2024 - Saturday 8th of June 2024)
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39Universal gate sets Tutors: Lukas Brenner, Libor Caha, Beatriz Dias
(Offered only once in the summer semester. Already fully booked in 2024)
 2
41Entanglement breaking operations Tutors: Shin Ho Choe , Pablo Costa Rico, Zahra Khanian
(Offered only once in the summer semester. Already fully booked in 2024)
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42Rasterkraftmikroskopie Tutor: Julian Heger  1
43Semidefinite programming Tutors: Hjalmar Rall, Farzin Salek, Haojian Li
(Offered only once in the summer semester.  Already fully booked in 2024)
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44Bellsche Ungleichung und Zustandstomographie Tutor: Florian Huber 2
45Optische Eigenschaften von Halbleiter-Quantenfilmen Tutor: Manuel Rieger   1
46Spektroskopie von 2D Halbleitern Tutor: Johannes Scherzer 2
47Laserspektroskopie Tutor: Matthias Mader 2
48Untersuchung von selbstassemblierten DNA-Nanostrukturen im Rasterkraftmikroskop Tutors: Florian Rothfischer, Matthias Vogt  1
50Photovoltaik Tutor: Simon WörleSaswati Santra  1
53Charakterisierung von Polymeren mittels Dynamischer Differenzkalorimetrie Tutor: Peiran Zhang  1
54Gaußsche Zustände zur Berechnung Spektraler Funktionen Tutor: Prof. Schollwöck
(Derzeit ist keine Anmeldung möglich!)
2
56Kosmische Boten: Messung kosmischer Strahlung mit Silizium-Photomultipliern Tutor:Christoph Vogl 1
60Positronen-Lebensdauermessung in Festkörpern Tutor: Leon Chryssos 1
61Neutronenstreuung am FRM II Tutor: Robert Heinrich Georgii2
63Gammaspektroskopie Tutor: Daniel Battistini   1
73DNS-Origami Tutors: Samuel Beerkens, Brent Fielden, Johanna Grießing, Dominik Putz   1
75Teilchenphysik am Computer Tutor: Laura Serksnyte   1
77Detektorphysik (Simulation und Experiment) Tutor: Tobias Jenegger  1
83Rastertunnelmikroskopie & Abbildung von Molekülen Tutors: Dennis Meier, Anthoula Chrysa PapageorgiouWei Ran
(Derzeit ist wegen eines technischen Defekts am Experiment keine Anmeldung möglich!)
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85Relative Altersbestimmung von Sternhaufen mit Hilfe von Farben-Helligkeits-Diagrammen Tutors: Irham Taufik Andika, Gabriel Bartosch Caminha   1
86Messung der Fermienergie durch die Winkelkorrelation von Gamma-Strahlung aus der Annihilation von Elektron-Positron-Paaren Tutor: Lucian Mathes 1
88Lineare und nichtlineare Wellen in einem Doppelplasma-Experiment Tutors: Manuel Herschel, Joey Kalis  1
89Grundlegende Methoden der Oberflächenphysik Tutors: Nan CaoHongxiang Xu, Shengming Zhang, Pengfei Zhao  1
91Elektronikpraktikum (Digitalteil) Tutor: Simon Sebold2
100Konstruktion und Inbetriebnahme eines Mikrofluidik-Chips Tutors: Anna Christina Jäkel, Christoph Karfusehr   1
101Lithium-Ionen-Batterien Tutor: Johannes Sterzinger  1
102Femtoskopie – Analyse von LHC-Daten Tutor: Dimitar Mihaylov   1
104Josephson parametrischer Verstärker (JPV) Tutor:Kedar Honasoge, Wun Kwan Yam 1
107Nicht-klassische Physik mit verschränkten Photonen Tutor: Christoph Kastl,Mirco Troue, Johannes Figueiredo   1
108Qubit-Kontrolle und Charakterisierung für supraleitende Quantenprozessoren Tutor: Leon Koch, Ivan Tsitsilin   1
109Verstehen und Charakterisieren eines Silizium-Driftdetektors für Anwendungen in der Astroteilchenphysik Tutors: Frank Edzards, Christian Forstner, Daniela Spreng   1
110Super-Resolution Imaging of DNA Nanostructure Tutor: Rui Yee Loke   1
111

Plasmaspektroskopie Tutor: Sebastian Hörmann

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112Computergestützte Tight-Binding-Modellierung von Energiematerialien Tutor: Martin Schwade  1
113Lichtspeicherung auf einem Siliziumchip Tutors: Daniele Lopriore, Jakob Pforr
(Contact for students with fixed places in TUMonline: fopra113@nat.tum.de)
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