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PHY291 Proseminar in Experimental Physics

Thursdays, 11:15 - 13:00

UZH Y36K08  - Irchel Campus - ONLINE

2 ETCS points (60 h)

Next Session: Thursday, 14th of May, only available online by link to video 


Language: English
Attendance: mandatory (since Covid-19: asking questions or commenting on videos mandatory), at least 80% of presentations
Grading: failed/passed

General information

This year the talks will cover Nobelprizes (NP) with a focus on Experimental Physics, where the Noble lecture shall be the starting point for the 25 minutes presentations.

The students may pick their coaches in the order of their booking of the lecture. From the coaches' list of suggested NP, the student picks one. 


Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the proseminar, the student will have learned:
1. to use the basic methods of literature retrieval

2. to condense the knowledge from scientific papers into a presentation
3. to obtain good presentation skills
4. details about different methods and experiments in condensed matter, particle and astroparticle physics

5. how to connect with and get support from their coach

Additional information

The talks should take 25 minutes, additional 15 minutes are reserved for questions and discussion.
Evaluation criteria:
1. structure and organisation of the talk
2. presentation of basic knowledge
3. presentation of advanced aspects
4. quality and relevance of presented formulae and figures
5. the clarity of the presentation
6. the ability to present the topic with excitement and enthusiasm
7. time keeping
8. the ability to answer questions

9. quality of questions from the audience

10. Proof of literature research/citation

Experimental Proseminar: Program

# date speaker topic coach



Fabian Natterer Introduction and Slot allocation  
  27.02.2020 cancelled     
  05.03.2020 Anna Veron Introduction into Literature Research Anna Veron
1 12.03.2020

Fabian Jäger

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1936 was divided equally between Victor Franz Hess "for his discovery of cosmic radiation" and Carl David Anderson "for his discovery of the positron." Michelle Galloway
2 Irene Dei Tos The Nobel Prize in Physics 1914 was awarded to Max von Laue "for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals." Marta Gibert
3 19.03.2020 Mila Lüscher The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded "for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the cosmos" with one half to James Peebles "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology", the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star."  Ravit Helled

Nelson Herbosa Labiano

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1922 was awarded to Niels Henrik David Bohr "for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them." Marta Gibert
5 26.03.2020

Monika-Audelle Molnar

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1960 was awarded to Donald Arthur Glaser "for the invention of the bubble chamber." Patrick Owen

Lars Widmer

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider." Florencia Canelli
7 02.04.2020

Anabella Drewanowski

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 was awarded jointly to Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg "for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance." Marta Gibert

Julian Brönnimann

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1986 was divided, one half awarded to Ernst Ruska "for his fundamental work in electron optics, and for the design of the first electron microscope", the other half jointly to Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer "for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope." Fabian Natterer
9 09.04.2020

Maximinio Adrover

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1978 was divided, one half awarded to Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa "for his basic inventions and discoveries in the area of low-temperature physics", the other half jointly to Arno Allan Penzias and Robert Woodrow Wilson "for their discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation." Thomas Greber

Fabienne Stahel

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy." Fabian Natterer
11 23.04.2020

Luca Giobbi

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1976 was awarded jointly to Burton Richter and Samuel Chao Chung Ting "for their pioneering work in the discovery of a heavy elementary particle of a new kind." Patrick Owen

Manuela Rohrbach

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1984 was awarded jointly to Carlo Rubbia and Simon van der Meer "for their decisive contributions to the large project, which led to the discovery of the field particles W and Z, communicators of weak interaction." Lea Caminada
13 Helena Isabella Cay Kühnle The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves." Lea Caminada
14 30.04.2020

Mohammad AlMinawi

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1969 was awarded to Murray Gell-Mann "for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions." Florencia Canelli

Ron Cohn Wagner

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 was awarded to Dan Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals." Thomas Greber
16 07.05.2020

Julian Fischer

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1980 was awarded jointly to James Watson Cronin and Val Logsdon Fitch "for the discovery of violations of fundamental symmetry principles in the decay of neutral K-mesons." Patrick Owen

Nathan Baudis

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1985 was awarded to Klaus von Klitzing "for the discovery of the quantized Hall effect." Johan Chang
18 14.05.2020

Stefanie Jucker

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1996 was awarded jointly to Robert F. Curl Jr., Sir Harold W. Kroto and Richard E. Smalley "for their discovery of fullerenes." Thomas Greber

Yoel Perez Haas

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1952 was awarded jointly to Felix Bloch and Edward Mills Purcell "for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith." Fabian Natterer
20 28.05.2020

Nando Zwahlen

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2002 was divided, one half jointly to Raymond Davis Jr. and Masatoshi Koshiba "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos" and the other half to Riccardo Giacconi "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources." Michelle Galloway

Christopher Binz

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1970 was divided equally between Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén "for fundamental work and discoveries in magnetohydro-dynamics with fruitful applications in different parts of plasma physics" and Louis Eugène Félix Néel "for fundamental work and discoveries concerning antiferromagnetism and ferrimagnetism which have led to important applications in solid state physics." Johan Chang

Andrej Maraffio

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2006 was awarded jointly to John C. Mather and George F. Smoot "for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation." Laura Baudis
23 Maryam Mourad The Nobel Prize in Physics 1956 was awarded jointly to William Bradford Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain "for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect." Marta Gibert


  Lea Caminada   email:
  Johan Chang   email:
  Marta Gibert   email:
  Thomas Greber   email:
  Ravit Helled   email:
  Fabian Natterer (Coordinator)   email:
  Patrick Owen   email:
  Laura Baudis   email:
  Michelle Galloway  


  Florencia Canelli   email:


Literature Coach

Anna Veron