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Industrial focus group XUV Optics


The chair Industrial Focus Group XUV Optics is involved in teaching “Quantum Mechanics” at Bachelor level, “Wave Optics” and “Surfaces and Thin Layers” at Master level.

Quantum mechanics

The XUV group contributes to the bachelor program by teaching Quantum Mechanics in a section of the second year, which is part of the waves and particles module. The course begins with a general introduction to the wave function and a statistical interpretation of measurement outcomes. The Hilbert space, complex vector spaces and their relation to observables, expectation values, and uncertainty in quantum mechanics is also covered.

These principles are used to understand how conserved quantities like angular momentum, explain many of the properties of atoms and molecules.

Textbook: Quantum Mechanics (2nd Ed) David J. Griffiths

Wave Optics

The XUV group contributes to the Master level by teaching the following course for students who choose the optics track in physics. In wave optics, we cover many different aspects of the propagation of light: how pulses of light can be spread or compressed in time by materials; how lenses don’t focus light to a point and how to calculate just how good a lens will be; how particles scatter light, and how optical fibers shape the spatial and temporal properties of light as they guide it.

Surfaces and Thin Layers

Together with the PIN group, the XUV group contributes to the Master level course “Surfaces and Thin Layers”) which is part of the Materials Physics track (course code 193550020). This course covers preparation of well-defined surfaces for surface science studies, as well as analysis of surface structure, electronic properties and composition. The specific contributions of the XUV group are currently: vacuum and sample preparation, scanning probe microscopy, ion scattering and adsorption/desorption.