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Sascha Patrick Quanz: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Sascha Patrick Quanz
FieldExoplanets and Habitability
Inst. f. Teilchen- und Astrophysik
ETH Zürich, HIT J 22.3
Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27
8093 Zürich
Award: The Golden Owl
Telephone+41 44 633 28 30
RelationshipAssociate Professor

402-0044-00LPhysics II4 credits3V + 1US. P. Quanz
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and tools in physics with the help of demonstration experiments: electromagnetism, optics, introduction to modern physics.
ObjectiveThe concepts and tools in physics, as well as the methods of an experimental science are taught. The student should learn to identify, communicate and solve physical problems in his/her own field of science.
ContentElectromagnetism (electric current, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, magnetic materials, Maxwell's equations)
Optics (light, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction)
Short introduction to quantum physics
Lecture notesThe lecture follows the book "Physik" by Paul A. Tipler.
LiteraturePaul A. Tipler and Gene Mosca
Springer Spektrum Verlag
402-0368-13LExtrasolar Planets6 credits2V + 1US. P. Quanz
AbstractThe course introduces in detail the observational methods for the detection and characterization of extra-solar planetary systems. It covers the physics of planets (in the solar system and in extra-solar systems) and gives a description of planet formation and evolution models.
ObjectiveThe course gives an overview of the current state-of-the-art in exoplanet science and serves as basis for first research projects in the field of exoplanet systems and related topics.
ContentContent of the lecture EXTRASOLAR PLANETS
1. Planets in the astrophysical context
2. Planets in the solar systems
3. Detecting extra-solar planetary systems
4. Properties of planetary systems and planets
5. Planet formation
6. Search for habitable planets and bio-signatures
402-0368-61LThe Sun, Stars and Planets - Properties, Processes and Interactions
Does not take place this semester.
4 credits1GL. Harra, S. P. Quanz
AbstractThe physics of solar flares, coronal mass ejections and the solar wind will be described. A discussion of the similarities and differences to stellar flares and coronal mass ejections will follow. An introduction to the detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, the impact of stellar phenomena on exoplanets and in particular on their potential habitability will be given.
ObjectiveThe main goal of the course is to give the students an overview of physical phenomena that lead to impacts on the Earth, planets and exoplanets. The areas described are at the forefront of scientific research internationally, and touch on significant questions such as ‘is there life on other planets’. These topics will be of interest to students studying astrophysics, earth science and planetary sciences.