Master

Master in quantum matter physics

Materials showing quantum phenomena on a macroscopic scale are at the heart of quantum matter physics. These materials are the engine room of 21st century innovation and technology. Their understanding and control at the nanoscale, however, is a profound intellectual challenge and their discovery requires ingenious scientific instrumentation and sophisticated theoretical techniques. Advancing such instrumentation, discovering novel properties of materials and breaking new ground in the theoretical description of quantum matter requires both creativity and deep insight.


During the first year of their degree, master students in quantum matter physics will acquire a strong foundation in important theoretical methods and models used to understand and describe the rich variety of physical phenomena occurring in quantum materials. The second year of the program is devoted to an experimental or theoretical research project applying state-of-the-art methods to fundamental questions and fascinating materials at the forefront of quantum matter physics.

DURATION OF STUDIES
2 years (4 semesters)
60 ECTS for courses + 60 ECTS for thesis

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
English

REGISTRATION
Deadline: 30 April 2020
(28 February 2020 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)
www.unige.ch/enrolment

 

The following courses are at the core of this master’s program (details here):

 

Course

Credits

Type

Semester

Phase Transitions

7

mandatory

Fall

Introduction to correlated matter

7

mandatory

Fall

Quantum matter physics seminar

-

mandatory

Fall

Physics Laboratory IV

15  (2 semesters)

mandatory

Fall

Superconductivity and its applications

5

optional

Fall

Crystallography and diffraction

3.5

optional

Fall

Superconductors and Superfluids

7

mandatory

Spring

Strong Correlations

7

mandatory

Spring

Quantum matter physics seminar

-

mandatory

Spring

Physics Laboratory IV

15   (2 semesters)

mandatory

Spring

Introduction to the physics of materials

5

optional

Spring

Quantum transport and topological insulators

7

optional

Spring

Diffraction methods: single crystals and polycrystals

3

optional

Spring

 


All members of our group will be happy to help master’s students in their search for a degree topic, and supervise them during the master’s project:

Felix Baumberger:     Angle resolved photoemission (experiment @ UniGE & PSI)
Radovan Cerny:    Laboratory of Crystallography
Antoine Georges:     Strongly correlated quantum materials (theory)
Thierry Giamarchi:    Theory of quantum matter (theory)
Philippe Jacquod:     Electric Power Networks (theory @ HES-SO Valais)
Alberto Morpurgo:    Quantum electronics (experiments)
Patrycja Paruch:    Ferroelectrics and mulitferroics (experiments)
Christoph Renner:     Scanning probe microscopy of low dimensional systems (experiments)
Christian Ruegg:    Research with Neutrons and Muons (experiment @ PSI)
Carmine Senatore:    Applied superconductivity (experiments)
Jean-Marc Triscone:    Oxide interface physics (experiment)
Dirk van der Marel:    Quantum materials (experiments)