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FKF3420 Synchrotron Characterization Methods in Fibre and Polymer Technology - Theory 2.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKF3420 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Theoretical descriptions on:

  • X-ray interaction with matter

  • Basics of synchrotron radiation & x-ray sources

  • Refraction and reflection from interfaces

  • Diffraction: X-ray diffraction, grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering

  • Scattering: X-ray reflectivity, small-angle X-ray scattering, grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering

  • Coherence: Coherent diffraction imaging, X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy

Applied examples of in situ and operando will deepen the understanding.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of this PhD course is to give a theoretical introduction into synchrotron-based characterization methods, which are especially useful for fibre and polymer technology, ranging from bulk material to thin films. It provides knowledge on the different scattering, diffraction and imaging methods used in this field. The methods instructed will be applied to current topics in fibre and polymer technology.

After completing the course, you should be able to explain the principles of synchrotron radiation generation and focusing;

Explain the functioning of a beamline at a 3rd generation synchrotron source;

Deduce key features in scattering pattern

Analyze quantitatively atomistic and nanoscale information from experimental data.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites


M.Sc. in chemistry, physics or comparable areas

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Course requirements:

Fulfilled home assignment.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Mats Johansson

Profile picture Stephan Volkher Roth

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web FKF3420

Offered by

CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Stephan V. Roth, e-mail: och Mats Johansson, e-mail:

Supplementary information

For whom:

PhD students interest in characterization of advanced materials using synchrotron-based methods.

Number of student:

Minimum of three

How to apply:

Mail to:

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology