Autorenname: Stefan Brackertz

Welcome Program for new Master Students

Welcome to Cologne!

On behalf of the Cologne Physics Department, the BCGS and the student body we want to cordially invite you to a two-days-program:

We want to give you an overview of the Cologne master physics program, how to chose your courses, how to deal with bureaucratic hussles, what the research in Cologne is about and so on. But more important: There will be a lot of social acticites to get in touch with each other, Cologne student life and the students already studying in Cologne.

We meet on Thursday and Friday, March 30th and 31st of March at 11am in the Foyer of the physics building.

The program is planned for the whole day.

If you cannot make it to Cologne: You can also join the first part of the program on both days via ZOOM.

Some additional program will also take place on Monday, 3rd of April.

From Saturday, 25th of March, you’ll find the full program here.

See you soon!

GPK: Statistical physics approaches to understanding how antibiotics kill bacteria

BacteriaTuesday, 31.1., 16.00 (16.00 Coffee & Cake in the foyer, 16.30 talk & discussion)
Lecture Hall III

Antibiotika sind eine tragende Säule der modernen Medizin, aber es herrscht große Besorgnis über das Auftreten von antibiotikaresistenten Infektionen. Trotz ihrer Bedeutung wissen wir erstaunlich wenig darüber darüber, wie Antibiotika bakterielle Infektionen tatsächlich hemmen. Die Wechselwirkung zwischen Antibiotikawirkung und bakteriellem Wachstum ist ein komplexes Problem, das über nichtlineare Dynamik, Mechanik und Stochastik mit der Physik verbunden ist. Rosalind Allen wird erörtern, wie Ansätze der statistischen Physik ein neues Verständnis liefern können.

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Antibiotics are a mainstay of modern medicine, but there is huge global concern about the emergence of antibiotic resistantinfections. Despite their importance, we understand surprisingly little about how antibiotics actually inhibit bacterial infections. This is a complex problem because of the interplay between antibiotic action and bacterial growth, which connects with physics via nonlineardynamics, mechanics and stochasticity. Rosalind Allen will discuss how statistical physics approaches can provide new understanding.

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Vorstellung der Physik-Arbeitsgruppen // Presentation of the Physics Workgroups


Eine Besonderheit der Kölner Physik Studiengänge ist die Nähe der Lehre zur Forschung. Spätestens bei der Bachelor-Arbeit werden Studierende in größere Forschungsprojekte eingebunden, deshalb wollen wir in lockerer Runde die Möglichkeit bieten die Arbeitsgruppen der Physik kennen zu lernen:
Freitag, 27.1.
– 16 Uhr, Hörsaal II: Überblick über die Institute
– 16.30 Uhr, Foyer: Posterpräsentation der Arbeitsgruppen mit Snacks und Getränken
– im Anschluss: Geselliger Ausklang
Parallel: Studienberatung
A specialty of the Cologne Physics department is the vicinity of teaching to research. Starting quite early, students are involved in research projects. This is why we want to give the possibility to get to know the workgroups in a relaxed setting:

Friday, 27th of January

– 16:00, Lecture hall II: Overview given by people from our five institutes
– 16.30, Foyer: Poster presentation of the workgroups : Choose groups you are interested in, and find out more about their work and their people
– afterwards: Sociable end
At the same time: Student advisory, snacks and drinks

GPK: Topological one-dimensional conductors

1d conductorsTuesday, 24.1., 16.00 (16.00 Coffee & Cake in the foyer, 16.30 talk & discussion)
Lecture Hall III

In solid-state matter, topological properties of the band structure can enforce the appearance of conducting one-dimensional edge states at the boundaries of the material, while the bulk remains insulating. These states provide a support system for ‘topological quantum bits’, robust against localperturbations, and envisioned to solve decoherence problems in therealization of quantum computers.
Erwann Bocquillon will discuss how one can utilize GHz excitations and current correlations to generate, manipulate and study excitations in these systems down to the elementary level of single electrons.

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