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M.Sc. in Physics / M.Sc. in Astrophysics

Advanced Laboratory Course



General information on the Advanced Laboratory Course:


  • There are two courses taking place respectively from August to October and from February to May every year. The number of participants in each course is limited to 80.
  • Students are free to schedule the experiments according to prior agreement with the tutors. 


Contents of the Advanced Laboratory Course (physics601):

  • Students must reach a total of 9 lab units.
  • The number of  lab units (1 to 3 LU) depends on the complexity of the experiment. 
  • Students can work on the following experiments:


Code Experiment Lab Units
E106 Cavities 1 LU
E207 Lab course accelerator Bonn (LAB) 2 LU
E212 Properties of elementary particles 3 LU
E213 Analysis of decays of heavy vector boson Z0 3 LU
E215 Investigation of particle-antiparticle oscillations at BELLE-II 3 LU
E217 STYX 2 LU
K221 Mößbauer-effect 1 LU
K223 Nuclear γ-γ angular correlations 1 LU
K225 β+-annihilation 1 LU
A245 Optical frequency doubling 2 LU
A246 Laser spectroscopy 2 LU
A248 Magneto-optic trap 2 LU
A249 Laser Gyroscope 2 LU
S261 Optical astronomy 3 LU
S262 Setting up a Radio-astronomical receiver / Setting up a Radio Interferometer  2 LU
S263 Photometry of star clusters 2 LU
S264 Radio astronomical observing course 2 LU


  •  One of the experiments E212, E213, E214 and E215 is compulsory for physics students. Two of the experiments S261, S262, S263 and S264 are compulsory for astrophysics students.
  • Master students have also the possibility to perform 4 experiments in solid state physics (for a total of 4 lab-units) at the Physics Institute II of the University of Cologne. 

     They can choose among the following experiments:

     Please find more detailed information on the solid-state-physics lab course on the Homepage of the Advanced Practical Course M.

Grading is based on:

  • successful completion of the experiment, initial oral exam and written report for every experiment


For further information please contact:

Dr. Barbara Valeriani-Kaminski, Dr. Tina Bantes ( [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.])