Specialized Seminar on Experimental Physics

Doctoral Programme Mathematics and Physics
1 in 2 year
first or second
Hours per week – 1. or 2. semester:

Enrollment into the program.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Topics of T. Zwitter: Reach, limitations and technological solutions for contemporary sky surveys: astrometry, spectroscopy, astroseismology, photometry; reduction and analysis of large astrophysical datasets with practical examples; methods for their automated classification and self-consistent calibration; databases in astrophysics: accessibility, structure, uses and their limitations with practical examples of data mining; selected topics on determination of properties of stars, interstellar medium and dark matter with practical examples of non-trivial statistical behaviours.
Topics of P. Križan in B. Golob: measurements of Higgs boson properties; search for new supersymmetric particles, search for charged Higgs boson; precision measurements of rare B and D mesons and tau lepton decays; neutrino mixing, mass hierarchy and CP violation; direct search for dark matter; search for ultra high energy cosmic ray sources; new experimental techniques for charged particle tracking and identification; dark matter detectors

Topics of S. Širca: Investigations of the electro-magnetic and spin structure of hadronic systems (nucleons and nuclei), use of high-resolution magnetic spectrometers and calorimeters, use of polarized electron beams, polarized targets and polarimeters.
Topics of D. Arčon and J. Dolinšek: Modern experimental methods for studies of magnetic and superconducting materials: elastic and inelastic neutron scattering, resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS), nuclear magnetic resonance in quantum antiferromagnetic systems, (anti)ferromagnetic resonance, muon spin relaxation spectroscopy, experiments on magnetoelectric multiferroics, experiments in the superconducting state.
Topics of I. Muševič and D. Cvetko: Student activities related to specific areas of experimental research covering areas of surface, interface and low dimensional systems physics, are very individual. In collaboration with candidate's supervisor and lecturer, the specific objectives of the course training are determined and the candidate autonomously performs the required experimental research at available laboratory facilities. The theoretical background and technical skills needed for the selected experiments need to be mastered, before the experiments are actually performed. At the end the candidate performs the data analysis and reports on the obtained results related with the theme of his/her PhD dissertation in a form of a written report and oral discussion with the lecturer.

Topics of I. Drevenšek Olenik: Modern experimental techniques for characterization of optical properties. Characterization of linear and nonlinear optical properties of soft condensed materials: liquid crystals, polymers, composite structures, biological materials, colloidal systems, thin film structures.
Topics of M. Zgonik: Integrated optics, modulation of light beams, nonlinear optics in modulated structures, nonlinear optics of organic materials, THz spectroscopy, ellipsometry of anizotropic multilayer structures, photorefractivity, real time holography, laser physics.
Topics of R. Jeraj: Advanced experimental methods in medical physics; advanced methods of image formation and image analysis; advanced methods of radiation treatments (image-guided therapies, particle therapies); advanced statistical methods for biomedical data analysis.


P. Lena, D. Rouan, F. Lebrun: Observational Astrophysics, Springer, 2012.
B.W.Carroll, D.A.Ostlie: An introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Addison-Wesley, 2006.
N. Manset and P. Forshay (eds.): Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems, ASP conference series, vol. 485, 2014.
The Physics of the B Factories, Bevan, A., Golob, B., Mannel, Th., Prell, S., Yabsley, B. (Eds.), Springer 2015;
LHC Phenomenology, Einan Gardi, Nigel Glover, Aidan Robson (Eds.), Springer 2015
J. D. Walecka, Electron scattering for nuclear and nucleon structure, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2005.
S. Boffi, C. Giusti, F. D. Pacati, M. Radici, Electromagnetic Response of Atomic Nuclei, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1996.
F. Close, S. Donnachie, G. Shaw, Electromagnetic Interactions and Hadronic Structure, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2009.
Akio Kotani and Shik Shin, Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectra for electrons in solids, Rev. Mod. Phys. 73, 203 (2001).
A. Yaouanc, P. D. de Reotier, Muon Spin Rotation, Relaxation, and Resonance: Application to Condensed Matter. Oxford Science Publications, Oxford, 2011.
Spectroscopy of emerging materials, Eds. E. C. Faulques, D. L. Perry, and A. V. Yeremenko, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2004.
C.P. Slichter, Principles of Magnetic Resonance, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 1990.
J. Israelachvili, Intermolecular and Surface Forces, Academic Press, 1992.
R. Wiesendanger, Scanning probe microscopy, Springer, 1998.
J.P.Fillard, Near field optics and nanoscopy, World Scientific, 1996.
A. Zangwill, Physics at Surfaces, Cambridge UP, 1988.
D.P.Woodruff, T.A.Delchar, Modern techniques in surface science, Cambridge 1994.
J.M.Walls, R. Smith, Surface science techniques, Pergamon, 1994
D.Meyers, Surfaces, Interfaces and Colloids, VCH Publishers Inc., 1991
P. A.Kralchevsky, K. Nagayama, Particles at Fluid Interfaces and Membranes, Elsevier 2001.
H. S. Nalva, S. Miyata, Nonlinear Optics of Organic Molecules and Polymers, CRC Press, 1997
Optics and Nonlinear Optics of Liquid Crystals, I. C. Khoo, S.-T. Wu, World Scientific, 1993.
O. Svelto, "Principles of Lasers," 5th ed., Springer, Berlin, 2010.
Anthony E Siegman: "Lasers," University Science Books, Sausalito 1986, (or later editions).
P. Gunter ed., Nonlinear Optical Effects and Materials, Springer Verlag, Berlin (2000).
R.  Weissleder, B. Ross, A. Rehemtulla, S Gambhir, Editors, 2009, Molecular Imaging, People's Medical Publication House, ISBN: 978-1607950059
J. Van Dyk, Editor. 2013, The Modern Technology of Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics Publishing, ISBN: 978-1930524576

Objectives and competences

Presentation of and acquaintance with recent research activities and trends in various fields of experimental physics.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Student acquires an overview of open scientific questions in various fields of physics and understanding of experimental methods to solve those.

Obtained knowledge can be applied in doctoral thesis scientific research.

Usage of acquired knowledge to interconnection of related problems and scientific methods not directly involved in the field of doctoral thesis.

Transferable skills:
Deepened knowledge of contemporary scientific state-of-the-art in various fields enables interconnection of theoretical and experimental methods.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, consultations.


Active attendance at lectures and in discussions.
passed / not passed (according to the Statute of UL)