Physics Laboratory - Physics MSc, research physicist specialization

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Physics Laboratory - Physics MSc, Nanotechnology and Materials Science specialization

In accordance with the general policy of the university this lab course runs in-person.

Currently there are no pnademic regulations at the University. However, if you feel any symptom of serious illness (coughing, fever, etc) you should not come to the course. If you cannot attend from any justified reason, you should inform us at your earliest convenience.

The information on this page applies both to the Research Physicist and to the Nanotechnology and Materials Science specializations.

Course data

  • First occasion: 6th of September, Monday 8:30-14:00, building F, staircase III, 2nd floor, room no. 13. (F3213)
  • Neptun code of the course:
    • BMETE11MF02 (research physicist specialization)
    • BMETE11MF46 (nanotechnology and materials science specialization)
  • Responsible lecturer: Dr. András Halbritter
  • Requirements: 0/0/6/F/6
  • Language: English
  • Requirements to pass:
    • Completion of all programming and measurement control exercises and the laboratory experiments. In case of justified absence, you have the possibility to retake 2 experiments.
    • Handing in reports of the exercises and laboratory experiments.
  • Grading: based on the reports and activity throughout the course.
  • Consultation: arranged individually, on an on-demand basis.

Overview of the lab course

  • Day 1 (5th of September): basics of C# programming (for everyone) Slides
    • Building a GUI, handling events
    • Basic file I/O
    • Communication with instruments over serial port or GPIB
  • Day 2 (12th of September): more C# programming (for everyone) Slides
    • Real-time plotting
    • Using the NI myDAQ
  • Days 3-5: experiment control exercises (for everyone, but scheduled on an individual basis)
  • Days 6-13: lab experiments (depending on the specialization, scheduled on an individual basis)
    • Research physicist specialization: two out of the three measurements below must be completed. Each experiment takes a whole day (~8 hours starting from 8:30). Upon a justified request the measurement dates can be rescheduled once the measurement pair and the lab leaders can agree on a new date.
    • Nanotechnology and Materials Science specialization: the three measurements below must be all completed. The STM measurement takes a whole day (~8 hours starting from 8:30), whereas the Surface physics measurements take a half day each (~4 hours starting from 8:30). Upon a justified request the measurement dates can be rescheduled once the measurement pair and the lab leaders can agree on a new date.


  • Days 1-5
    • Lecture Hall F3211
  • Days 6-8 Map
    • NMR: F I. basement 6., High-field NMR Laboratory
    • ESR: L ground floor (the entrance is facing building F, walk towards the fence)
    • MOKE: F I. basement 2., Magnetooptics Laborarory
    • STM: F I. basement 1. - Nanocontacts Laboratory
    • Surface physics 1-2: F III., mezzanine 4., Department of Atomic Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory

Useful information

  • Instrument manuals:

SRS 830 lock-in


Siglent SDG1025 function generator


Good Will Instek GDM 8246 digital multimeter


NI MyDAQ card

Installing Visual Studio

We use Visual Studio 2017 in the lab computers. For working on your own PC, download and install the Community edition of Visual Studio 2017 or 2019 from the link below:

You should install Visual Studio with .NET workload.

Installing NI DAQmx

In case you would like to use your own PC for working with the myDAQ card, you also need to install the NI-DAQmx library. Download and install it from here:

The installer has a lot of options. You will need NI MAX (Measurement & Automation Explorer), and .NET 4.5 support.

Lab responsibles (2022)

  • PROGRAMMING - Gergő Fülöp,
  • SC - Olivér Kürtössy,
  • QUARTZ - Tímea Török,
  • MCBJ - Dániel Molnár,
  • ESR - Titusz Fehér
  • NMR - Ferenc Simon and Gábor Csősz
  • MOKE - Sebastian Werner Schmid
  • AFM - Bálint Fülöp
  • SURFACE PHYSICS 1-2 - Gábor Kiss and Gábor Dobos

Time table (2022)


Name Code
Kránitz Péter Penc Patrik H1
Emmer Marcell Márton Áron H2
Seres Ákos Lázár György H3
Andorfi István Salánki Miklós H4
Király Csilla Vajtai Lili H5
Balogh István Katona Axel Attila H6
Csépányi István Fitos Bence H7
Svastits Domonkos Sájerman Klára H8
Havasi Gergely Pomlényi Kristóf H9
Benedek Kristóf Somodi Máté Soma H10
Rudner László Vasas Bence Barnabás H11

Programming exercises

5th of September all students
12th of September all students

Computer controlled measurement tasks ("small labs")

Date Week Nr. SC1 SC2 SC3 SC4 MCBJ1 MCBJ2 MCBJ3 MCBJ4 Quartz1 Quartz2 Quartz3 Quartz4
Sept. 19. 3 H8 Check-mark.gif H10 Check-mark.gif H1 Check-mark.gif H2 Check-mark.gif H3 Check-mark.gif H4 Check-mark.gif H5 H7 Check-mark.gif H11
Sept.26. 4 H2 Check-mark.gif H3 Check-mark.gif H4 Check-mark.gif H6 Check-mark.gif H7 Check-mark.gif H11 Check-mark.gif H9 H10 Check-mark.gif H1 Check-mark.gif
Okt.3. 5 H11 H7 H4 H5 H9 H10 H6 H2 H3 H8
Okt.10. 6 H1 H5 H6 H9 H8

Check-mark.gif(Date) indicates that the report arrived to the lab responsible.

Laboratory measurements

Date Week Nr. AFM Surface Physics 1 Surface Physics 2 NMR ESR MOKE
17. Oct 7 H3 H10 H6 H1
24. Oct. 8 H11 H9 H3 H8 H7 H4
7. Nov. 10 H2 H9 H4 H11 H5
14. Nov. 11 H8 H5 H2 H6
21. Nov. 12 H9 H1 H10
28. Nov. 13 H3 H7

Lab report requirements

Submission rules

  • The lab reports should be sent as a pdf file to the e-mail address of the lab leaders, as well as to the address.
  • The file name should contain the names of the submitting students and the measurement exercise name using the format: stm_smith_white.pdf.
  • The lab reports should be submitted within one week till Sunday midnight. In case of difficulties with the electronic submission the printed out reports are also accepted at the secretary of the Department of Physics till Monday noon.
  • Once in a semester the submission can be delayed with a week without any punishment. Any other delay yields a subtraction of 15 points (< 1 week delay) or 30 points (> 1 week delay) from the final score (max. 100 points) of each delayed lab report.

Expected style of the lab report

The lab report should follow the style of scientific publications: short abstract, introduction, description of the applied measurement methods, description and discussion of the measurements, conclusions. Supporting information, like the key parts of the measurement code should also be submitted as an appendix. Special attention should be taken on the proper citation of the sources. Note that carefully edited figures are also key requirements in a high quality publication.