MSc Seminar KF1, KF3, 2018 Fall


Location: KF 84
Time: Fridays, 12:15-14:00.
First meeting: Sep 7 Friday, 12:15-14:00.
Language: English
Seminar leader: Andras Palyi


  1. Give a talk.
  2. You can miss at most 3 classes.
  3. You should email me (palyi at mail dot bme dot hu) the 95% ready slides, as a pdf file, one week before the midnight before your talk. You should email me the final version of the slides right after your talk.
  4. You have to be prepared to step in for a cancelled talk one week before the date of your talk.
  5. The grade will be determined based on the quality of the presentation. Being late with sending slides, or cancelling a talk, can result in a lower grade.


  1. Each topic will be processed and presented by a team of two students.
  2. Pick a recent Nature, Science or Nature Physics paper (update, 2018-11-22: an original research paper) of your interest, e.g., related to your BSc or MSc thesis work. If you need help, ask your thesis supervisor and/or me to suggest a paper.
  3. Prepare a 20-minute talk based on the papers. The talk should be as comprehensible as possible to your fellow students.
  4. Prepare slides in pdf.
  5. The last slide should contain 3 control questions aimed at the audience.
  6. Preferably, use your own computer for the talk, but also bring along the slides on a pendrive.
  7. Be prepared to take questions. There should be a 10-minute discussion after each talk.
  8. If you'd like to discuss the paper with me in preparation for the talk, then please contact me well before the talk. Recall that the 95% ready slides should be emailed to me one week before the talk.


Week Date Speakers
1. 2018.09.07. kick-off meeting
2. 2018.09.14. break
3. 2018.09.21. Szentpéteri
4. 2018.09.28. Gyulai, Borsi, Szegleti
5. 2018.10.05. Pongó, Vörös, Pristyák
6. 2018.10.12. break
7. 2018.10.19. Magyar, Szász-Schagrin, Sütő
8. 2018.10.26. Sári, Tamás, Grabarits
9. 2018.11.02. break
10. 2018.11.09. Horváth, De Simoni, Pataki
11. 2018.11.16. Frank, Budai, Györgypál
12. 2018.11.23. Szilvási, Szilágyi, Kolarovszki
13. 2018.11.30. break
14. 2018.12.07. Vizkeleti, Földvári, Csóka


  • Benitez et al.,
    Strongly anisotropic spin relaxation in graphene–transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures at room temperature
    Nature Physics 14, 303 (2018)
    Szentpéteri Bálint
  • Aartsen et al.
    Neutrino interferometry for high-precision tests of Lorentz symmetry with IceCube
    Nature Physics 14, 961 (2018)
    Gyulai László, Borsi Márton
  • Elsayed et al.
    Entangled Quantum Dynamics of Many-Body Systems using Bohmian Trajectories
    Scientific Reports 8, 12704 (2018)
    Szegleti András, Pongó Tivadar
    Note that it is against the rules to pick a paper from Scientific Reports.
  • Kormos et al.
    Real-time confinement following a quantum quench to a non-integrable model
    Nature Physics 13, 246 (2017)
    Vörös Dániel, Pristyák Levente
  • Schweigler et al.
    Experimental characterization of a quantum many-body system via higher-order correlations
    Nature 545, 323 (2017)
    Magyar Zoltán, Szász-Schagrin Dávid
  • Mi et al.
    Strong coupling of a single electron in silicon to a microwave photon
    Science 355, 156 (2017)
    Sütő Máté, Sári Péter
  • Gao et al.
    Universal resilience patterns in complex networks
    Nature 530, 307 (2016)
    Grabarits András, Tamás Gábor
  • Andreev et al.
    Improved limit on the electric dipole moment of the electron
    Nature 562, 355 (2018)
    Horváth Anna, Beatriz de Simoni
  • Islam et al.
    Measuring entanglement entropy in a quantum many-body system
    Nature 528, 77 (2015)
    Pataki Dávid, Frank György
  • Abellan et al.
    Challenging local realism with human choices
    Nature 557, 212 (2018)
    Budai Ákos, Györgypál Zsolt
  • Brukner
    Quantum causality
    Nature Physics 10, 259 (2014)
    Note that it is against the rules to pick a paper from Nature Physics that is not an original research paper.
    Oreshkov et al.
    Quantum correlations with no causal order
    Nature Communications 3, 1092 (2012)
    Note that it is against the rules to pick a paper from Nature Communications.
    Szilvási Réka, Szilágyi Zsombor


  • Many researchers post on the web their advice on how to make good talks. An example from a theoretical physicist is here (section 6). Another principle that is worth considering is this one from a mathematician. Probably it doesn't make sense to blindly follow any of such advice, but it does make sense to read those and consider applying the suggestions.
  • When you present the results of a research activity, it might make the presentation more comprehensible if you clearly separate various types of information. One way to do this is to follow this scheme:
    1. Describe the physical setup.
    2. Describe which physical quantities are treated as control parameters.
    3. Describe which physical quantities can be measured or calculated.
    4. Pose the question that is addressed in the paper.
    5. Show the result: the graph of the experimental data, or the graph of the numerical or analytical results, or the formula obtained.
    6. List the main features of the results.
    7. If possible, explain in simple terms, the “physical origin” of each feature.
    8. If possible, describe the consequences drawn from the results.