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Before choosing courseFKF3420 Synchrotron Characterization Methods in Fibre and Polymer Technology - Theory 2.0 creditsAdministrate About course
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* Retrieved from Course syllabus FKF3420 (Autumn 2017–)

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

Course organization:

10 lecture hours, 6 hours excercises and individual home assignments.

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


    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

    Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

    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