Wintersemester 2018/19

Compulsory Modules:

(The following courses are mandatory during the Bachelor.)

Lecture

Theoretical physics III for teacher students (267232)

Professor(s): Beatrix Hiesmayr

Der Zyklus “Theoretische Physik für das Unterrichtsfach” legt den Fokus auf die logische Struktur der Physik und ihre Erkenntnisse, wobei der mathematisch-technische Schwierigkeitsgrad niedrig gehalten wird. Er schafft schulrelevantes Orientierungswissen und Überblickswissen, das zukünftige Lehrkräfte dazu befähigt, Fragen der Schülerinnen und Schüler richtig einzuordnen und bei der Zielsetzung der Unterrichtsplanung hilft. Im Rahmen dieser Lehrveranstaltungen sollen Lehrkräften die Arbeits- und Denkweisen der Physik und das Wissen über die großen offenen Fragen der modernen Physik vermittelt werden. Es wird empfohlen die Module des Zyklus „Theoretische Physik für das Unterrichtsfach“ der Reihe nach zu absolvieren.

When:

Monday, 10:45 - 12:45
Tuesday, 10:15 - 12:00

Where:

Ludwig-Boltzmann-Hörsaal,
Boltzmanngasse 5, main floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture

Introduction to Physics III (260243)

Professor(s): Markus Arndt, Robin Golser

Fundamentals of quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics.

When:

Monday, 11:00 - 12:30
Wednesday, 11:00 - 12:30

Where:

Christian-Doppler-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3rd floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture

Theoretical Physics I: Classical Mechanics (260192)

Professor(s): Caslav Brukner

Newtonsche Mechanik, N-Körper-Problem (insbesondere N=2), Lagrange-Formulierung, kleine Schwingungen, Hamilton-Formulierung, starre Körper, Kontinuumsmechanik.

When:

Monday, 9:15 - 10:45
Wednesday, 9:15 - 10:45

Where:

Christian-Doppler-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3rd floor

ECTS-Credits: 4.00

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Quantum Modules:

Lecture

Quantum Optics II (260024)

Professor(s): Borivoje Dakic

In this course we will learn about the quantum mechanical description of light and its interaction with matter. Topics will include: Quantization of the Electromagnetic Field, Beam Splitters and interferometers, Parametric down-conversion, Interaction of light with matter: The Jaynes-Cummings model Applications of quantum states of light in quantum information Entanglement in quantum optics.

When:

Wednesday, 10:30 - 12:00

Where:

Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5th floor

ECTS-Credits: 2.50

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Lecture

Quantum correlations and generalized probabilistic theories: an introduction (260047)

Lecturer(s): Markus Müller

The goal of this lecture is to provide the theoretical foundations of the operational approach to quantum theory, which is the basis of Quantum Information Theory and the related research field of Quantum Foundations. The main emphasis is on correlations: quantum theory admits “stronger” correlations than classical physics (namely those that violate Bell inequalities), but, surprisingly, even stronger correlations are conceivable (so-called “PR box correlations”). We will first see how such correlations can be described mathematically, and how the violation of Bell inequalities can be used for technological applications (e.g. for the certification of randomness). Then we will see that quantum theory is only a special case of a larger class of generalized probabilistic theories (with physical properties different from quantum theory), and we will derive the Hilbert space formalism (with its operators, complex numbers etc.) from simple physical principles.

When:

Wednesday, 14:15 - 15:45

Where:

IQOQI Seminar Room, Boltzmanngasse 3

ECTS-Credits: 2.50

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Seminar

Foundations of modern quantum physics (260065)

Professor(s): Markus Aspelmeyer, Reinhold Bertlmann, Beatrix Hiesmayr, Frank Verstraete, Anton Zeilinger

Theory of quantum structure and geometry of space, time and matter Kochen-Specker theorem, Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, Bell inequalities, EPR-Bell like experiments Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger experiment informationtheory neutron and atom interferometry, atom and molecule optics, double-slit experiments, interference in micro- to macrosystems, nano-oscillators.

When:

Thursday, 13:00 - 16:00

Where:

Victor-Franz-Hess-Hörsaal, Währinger Straße 17, Hoftrakt, 1st floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Quantum Foundations (442609)

Professor(s): Caslav Brukner

Presentation and discussion of recent scientific articles in the field of foundations of quantum physics.

When/Where:

(flexible) appointments

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Seminar Quantum Entanglement (4442610)

Professor(s): Anton Zeilinger

Quantum entanglement is one of the most fundamental features of quantum mechanics, which finds more and more applications. In the seminar, recent research on new fundamental aspects and on novel implementations, particularly in higher dimensions and for quantum communication, will be discussed.

When:

Wednesday, 10:00 - 12:00

Where:

IQOQI, Boltzmanngasse 3, 3rd floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Exercise

Quantum Thermodynamics II - Exercises (260028)

Lecturer(s): Marcus Huber, Nicolai Friis, Maximilian Lock

The excercise classes follow the lecture Quantum Thermodynamics II and will, through practical and comprehensible examples, teach the basic skills necessary for a successful application of the concepts.

When:

Friday, 15:00 - 15:45

Where:

Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5th floor

ECTS-Credits: 2.50

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Laboratory

Laboratory Quantum Optics (260211)

Lecturer(s): Philip Walther, Yaakov Fein, Stefan Gerlich, Nikolai Kiesel, Giulia Rubino, Valeria Saggio, Teodor Strömberg, Michael Trupke

Photon-Experiments - Violation of Bells inqualities - Physics of Lasers - Sources and detectors for molecular quantum optics - Molecule interferometry. Experiments are done in groups of 2-3 students and require three weeks of full-time work.

When:

Block, 4th February - 22th February 2019

Where:

Different locations.

ECTS-Credits: 10.00

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Lecture

Quantum Thermodynamics II (260018)

Lecturer(s): Marcus Huber, Nicolai Friis, Maximilian Lock

Goal of the lecture is an in-depth exploration of thermodynamics at the quantum scale. The reversible nature of quantum evolution and the superposition principle bring about challenges for the thermodynamic laws as we know them. Furthermore, in classical physics, information theory is intrinsically tied to thermodynamic considerations through Maxwell’s demon and Landauer’s principle, which raises the question of how these considerations generalise to the quantum domain. The content of the lecture spans the quantum mechanical origin of the second law using equilibration under reversible (unitary) dynamics, the modeling of open quantum systems and the resulting description of quantum machines and finally foundational questions of definitions of work and the interplay of quantum information and thermodynamics.

When:

Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:00

Where:

Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5th floor

ECTS-Credits: 2.50

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Lecture

Blind men and an elephant: the marginal problem in quantum information theory & statistical physics (260046)

Lecturer(s): Miguel Navascues

Many tasks in quantum information and statistical physics can be understood as a marginal problem. That is, they require us to figure out whether a number of observable quantities are integrated into a more general structure to which we do not have full access. Examples of these tasks are certifying security in quantum key distribution, determining whether a quantum state is separable and computing the free energy of a many-body system. In this course, we will study different expressions of the marginal problem and introduce a number of modern mathematical tools to tackle it.

When:

Thursday, 17:30 - 19:00

Where:

Seminarraum, Zi. 3354A, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3rd floor

ECTS-Credits: 2.50

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Seminar

Quantum Optomechanics (260358)

Professor(s): Markus Aspelmeyer

This course is aimed at students pursuing Thesis work (at any level) in quantum optomechanics or a closely related discipline. The Quantum regime of massive mechanical systems opens up a new parameter-regime for experimental physics. Relevant topics range from quantum measurement to macroscopic quantum superpositions. We will discuss relevant important literature on that topic.

When:

Thursday, 11:30 - 13:00

Where:

Seminarraum, Zi. 3354A, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3rd floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Quantum Photonic Technology (442603)

Professor(s): Philip Walther

The aim of this seminar is to present recent research results covering quantum photonics technolog or new quantum information tasks and applications.

When:

Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:30

Where:

Schrödinger Kitchen, Boltzmanngasse 5, 4th floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Quantum Optics Seminar (442615)

Professor(s): Philip Walther

Introduction to experiments and theoretical approaches in modern quantum optics.

When:

Monday, 16:30 - 19:00

Where:

Lise-Meitner-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1st floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Exercise

Quantum Optics II - Exercises (260025)

Professor(s): Borivoje Dakic

In this course we will learn about the quantum mechanical description of light and its interaction with matter. Topics will include: Quantization of the Electromagnetic Field, Beam Splitters and interferometers, Parametric down-conversion, Interaction of light with matter: The Jaynes-Cummings model, Applications of quantum states of light in quantum information, Entanglement in quantum optics.

When:

Friday, 9:30 - 11:00

Where:

Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3rd floor

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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