Fluctuation-induced Phenomena

Structure of the class​​

Fluctuations are omnipresent in both the classical and the quantum world and they are connected with a panoply of phenomena of great importance in different areas of physics, ranging from quantum field theory to gravity, from statistical physics to cosmology. This includes multidisciplinary topics such as biophysics, optomechanics and, in general, light-matter interaction. The exact understanding of fluctuation-induced phenomena is rapidly becoming important for the characterization of modern experimental set-ups and for the opportunities and challenges that they offer to nanotechnology. (Read more.)

The aim of this lecture will be to make the student acquainted with fundamental concepts of fluctuation-induced phenomena. The course consists of two sessions a week, twice 90 minutes. The lectures are accompanied by weekly tutorials where the solutions of the problem sheets and questions about the lectures are discussed. During the exercise class the problems proposed to the students the week before will be discussed. The exercise class will give them the opportunity to discuss concepts and mathematical demonstrations required during the future lectures.

The lectures do not follow a specific textbook. Instead, a script will be provided that summarizes with detail the material presented during the lecture. The full script can be dowload from this page and it is password protected. The script might be updated during the lecture.

More information is available on the file which can be dowloaded from this page.


Due to the Holiday the lecture of May 1st is anticipated to April 30th.

More precisely:
Lecture:         Monday, April 30th, Time 11-13, Room NEW 15, 3’101
Tutorials:       Monday, April 30th, Time 13-15, Room NEW 15, 3’101

There will be no lecture and no tutorial session on May 7. The next lecture is on May 15.



13-15 Uhr 
15-17 Uhr