Prof. A. Gehrmann-De Ridder
Prof. G.M. Graf
Prof. M. Sigrist
A proseminar in Theoretical Physics coordinated by Profs. A. Gehrmann-De Ridder, G.M. Graf and M. Sigrist will be held in Spring 2010.
The topic: "Symmetries in physics" will cover subjects
related to fundamental symmetry properties from three different areas in
theoretical physics: Mathematical physics, Particle physics and
Condensed matter physics.
This is the main website for this Proseminar.
Topics |
Date Talks |
Student | Supervisor |
Workshop "How to give a scientific presentation" |
22.02.2010 |
all students |
Eva Buff Keller (Didaktikzentrum ETH Zürich) |
Introduction to Group Theory |
01.03.2010 |
all students |
Prof. G.M. Graf |
1) Invariance principles in classical and quantum mechanics |
08.03.2010 |
Michael Wyss |
Samuel Bieri |
2) Emmy Noether theorem within the Lagrangian formalism |
08.03.2010 |
Thomas Michaels |
Samuel Bieri |
3) Angular momentum algebra |
15.03.2010 |
Peter Thalmann |
Gang Zhou |
4) Lorentz invariance and the concept of particle | 15.03.2010 |
Francesco Solcà |
Peter Pickl |
5) Isospin-Hypercharge symmetries |
22.03.2010 |
Philipp Bühlmann |
Aleksi Kurkela |
6) SU(3) symmetry - The eightfold way |
22.03.2010 |
Emilio Onorati |
Marco Panero |
8) Representations of the Permutation group |
29.03.2010 |
Nikola Ciganovic |
Johan Aaberg |
9) Gauge symmetries |
12.04.2010 |
Alex Aeberli |
Aleksi Kurkela |
10) Spontaneous symmetry breaking of a gauge symmetry |
12.04.2010 |
Henrik Ronellenfitsch |
Daniel Persson |
11) Spontaneous symmetry breaking: Phase transitions |
26.04.2010 |
Dimitrios Koulialias |
Martin Eckstein |
12) Goldstone theorem for broken continuous symmetries |
26.04.2010 |
Martin Müller-Lennert |
Martin Eckstein |
13) Crystal symmetries and band structure (1) |
03.05.2010 |
David Perriard |
Anton Kozhenikov |
14) Crystal symmetries and band structure (2) |
03.05.2010 |
Claudio Paganini |
Anton Kozhenikov |
15) Molecule symmetries and spectra |
10.05.2010 |
Max Häfliger |
Sebastian Schmidt |
16) Phonons in solids |
10.05.2010 |
Emanuel Schneider |
Sebastian Schmidt |
17) Magnetoelectric phenomena |
17.05.2010 |
Gilles Pütz |
Andrei Lebedev |
18) Symmetries of the Hubbard-Model |
17.05.2010 |
Boris Sangiorgio |
Andrei Lebedev |
19) Supersymmetries in quantum mechanics |
31.05.2010 |
Felix Hähl |
Johan Aaberg |
The proseminar presentations will be on mondays in HIT K51 (Hoenggerberg).
They will start at 8:45. See table above for the dates of the talks.
The students are assigned a topic to learn about and eventually explain to the others in the class. This is done both by an oral presentation and a written report.
Criteria for obtaining a Testat, i.e. passing the module:
Students are supposed to give a "professional" talk in English:
to use up-to date presentation programs, i.e Keynote or Power Point.
The presentations should not last longer than 90 min.
Each student will be associated to a research assistant at the institute
who will be available to support him.
The students should contact their respective assistant at least six weeks before their talk to discuss logistics.
They should keep their assistant updated of their work at least once a week.
One week before their talk they are expected to have a draft of their report as well as a finished set of slides which they have to present to their tutor (the report can be handed in later and is not necessary for the talk).
The literature related to a given proseminar subject will be given to the students by their assistants.
The written report is in English. Note that no report = no Testat.
The reports will be compiled to a book with all other contributions, and must therefore be prepared using a specific LaTeX macro.
LATEX MACRO (Download the file 'template.tgz' and use those files only)
(to be linked)