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FSH3306 Detection Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics 8.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSH3306 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course aims to provide the students with an understanding of basic radiation detection techniques for nuclear and particle physics and their applications in other fields of science, medicine and industry. After completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • Describe the basic interaction mechanisms relevant for radiation detectors and explain their importance for detecting various types of ionizing radiation at different energies.
  • Describe the properties of the most common types of detector materials, the working principles behind detectors based on these materials and their characteristic properties with respect to energy resolution, efficiency etc.
  • Apply the knowledge about radiation interactions and detector principles to choose the most suitable type of detector for a given detection task.
  • Select the appropriate electronics building blocks needed for a certain detector system and explain their function.
  • Describe common sources of noise in radiation detection, their origin and how they
    can be minimized.
  • Explain the limiting factors to the energy and time resolution of a detector system.
  • Use the standard Monte Carlo simulation package GEANT4 for understanding the
    performance of radiation detectors.
  • Design a radiation detection system, including its basic electronics building blocks,
    and use it in the laboratory.
  • Compile information from own work and from the scientific literature into a written
    report and an oral presentation.

Intended learning outcomes

  • The interaction of electromagnetic and particle radiation with matter
  • Energy loss mechanisms and spectrum formation. Measurement statistics.
  • Basic principles of detectors for ionizing radiation
  • Semiconductor detectors ( and ionization chambers)
  • Scintillation detectors, photomultipliers and photodiodes
  • Gaseous detectors
  • Position sensitive detectors
  • Detectors for weakly ionizing radiation
  • Detector systems for particle tracking and calorimetry
  • High-resolution gamma-ray detector systems
  • Monte Carlo simulations as a tool for developing and understanding radiation detectors
  • Signal formation, electronic noise and optimization of signal-to-noise ratio

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled as PhD student

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


  • RAP1 - Report, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4,0 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.

Examination by oral or written exam and project report.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed on oral or written exam and project report.

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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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 FSH3306

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Ayse Nyberg

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Physics