Seminar Nano- & Optomechanical Quantum Technologies

Module Number: EI77011

Duration: 1 Semester

Ocurrence: Winter Semester and Summer Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Eva Weig

Amount of work

Contact hours: 30

Self-study hours: 120

Total: 150

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

The examination performance consists of the performance during the seminar presentation as well as the subsequent scientific discussion, a written summary of the presented topic, and the individual discussion with the scientific supervisor during the preparation of the topic.
- Familiarization with the assigned topic (10%):
Independence, ability to conduct own literature
research, understanding
- Presentation (60%):
Structure and clarity of the slides, presentation
- Discussion following the presentation (10%):
scientific understanding
- Written summary (20%):
Structure and clarity of the paper

Prerequisites (recommended)

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent. Basic knowledge of solid state physics and quantum mechanics are desirable.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students acquire knowledge of nano- and optomechanical systems and their use in quantum technologies.
Beyond the technical content, students learn:
- to independently familiarize themselves with a scientific topic based on literature
- to prepare and present the topic in the form of a lecture, and to apply various presentation techniques in doing so
- to lead a scientific discussion
- to prepare a written summary of the topic


The seminar provides an overview of the state of the art in the field of nano- and optomechanics for quantum technologies. The individual seminar topics are based on current, outstanding publications covering the different facets of this innovative field.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Each student is assigned a topic, with which they familiarize themselves through self-study as well as exchange with the tutor. The students present their topics in the form of a seminar talk. All students take part in the subsequent scientific discussion, with the audience deepening their understanding by asking questions and the lecturer demonstrating his expertise. Following the presentation, the tutor provides feedback on the presentation and, if necessary, suggestions for improving the presentation technique. Finally, the students produce a written summary of their topics.


Computer-assisted presentation

Reading List

current scientific publications and review articles