FP-II Organization


For experiment instructions and other documentation, please follow the links in the table "FP-II experiments" on the web site


Safety instructions

The Radiation and Laser Safety Instructions are obligatory requirements for participation in the FP-II (Master Laboratory).

Previous participation in Radiation and Laser Safety Instructions will be accepted if within one year before the anticipated end of the FP-II.

All instruments may be operated only after a briefing by the assistant. 


Protocol writing

  • A protocol contains 
    • Introduction, where the goals of the experiment are described and the important concepts are introduced
    • Description of the experiment, where the experimental setup and measurement procedures are documented
    • Analysis and discussion, where the data are analyzed, results are calculated, and uncertainties are discussed
  • The protocol can be handwritten or printed from a digital file. For printed protocols, the handwritten record of measurement data taken during the experiment ("raw data") should be attached.
  • The record of measurement data should be signed by the assistant at the end of the experiment. 
  • Data analysis can be performed using "Origin" or "Root" software, which is installed on the computers in the Praktikum. Other software may be used if arranged with the assistant.
  • Each group of two students may submit a single shared protocol.


Protocol submission

  • In general, the protocols are submitted to the assistant personally. Other forms of submission are possible if the assistant agrees. It is the students' responsibility that the assistant receives the protocol in time.
  • If the assistant cannot be contacted, the protocol is to be submitted to one of the FP organizers in due time.
  • The protocol submission deadline is Friday two weeks after the last experiment finished. This single deadline applies for all three protocols. 


Seminar talk

  • The measurement procedures and results of the 2-week experiment will be presented as a seminar talk. It includes a coherent presentation of the theoretical and experimental basics, as well as a discussion of the experiment's goals and their relevance. The seminar talk should be directed toward fellow students, who may not have performed the experiment themselves.
  • The seminar talk is scheduled for 40 minutes, i.e. around 20 minutes per speaker, plus ca. 15 minutes for questions and answers. A laptop computer, beamer and laser pointer will be provided. The files for the seminar talk (PowerPoint, PDF) should be copied to a USB memory stick.
  • The seminar talk will be graded with 0 to 7 points, invidividually for the two speakers, which contribute to the total FP-II grade. The criteria for the seminar talk grade are style of the presentation (oral presentation, quality of slides) and the background knowledge.
  • Ideally, the talk should be discussed with the assistant prior to the seminar.



Protocols will be graded according to the following rules:

  • Max 3 points for preparation (separate for each student)
    • If a student's preparation is considered insufficient, he/she will have to repeat the "Vortestat" for this experiment, and he/she will be given zero points for this partial grade
    • In all of the FP-II, a maximum of two partial grades can be zero points. Otherwise the FP-II cannot be successfully completed.
  • Max 1 point for the execution of the measurements (separate for each student)
  • Max 3 points for the protocol (common for both students).
    • A protocol that meets minimal requirements for all measurement tasks will be graded with 2 points.
    • A protocol that in addition contains a complete discussion of statistical and systematic uncertainties shall be graded with 3 points.
  • 1 extra point can be given to individuals for outstanding accomplishments. 


Half points may be used.

Any disagreements are to be discussed with the FP-II organizers within three days.


Criteria for successful completion

In FP-2, the maximum achievable total number of points is 28.

The following criteria apply for a successful completion of the FP-II (Master Laboratory):

  • A total of at least 14.0 points was achieved, and
  • every single protocol was graded with a minimum of 1.0 point, and
  • the seminar talk was graded with a minimum of 1.0 point.


The final grade will be determined according to this table:

25.2 -1.3
23.8 -1.7
22.4 -2.0
21.0 -2.3
19.6 -2.7
18.2 -3.0
16.8 -3.3
15.4 -3.7
14.0 -4.0



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