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FSH3501 Radiation Damage in Materials 8.0 credits

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Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students

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P4 (8.0 hp)


18 Mar 2024
3 Jun 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

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Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students

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For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students


Pär Olsson,


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSH3501 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Mechanisms for generation of point defects

Hardening, swelling and embrittlement




Molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo and rate theory simulations

Intended learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student should be able to

  • Explain and quantify how various types of radiation spectra generate point defects in a crystal, and explain how these give raise to various types of damage; hardening, swelling and embrittlement.
  • Apply statistical mechanics and kinetic theory in order to predict equilibrium properties and diffusion rates of point defects or components in an alloy.
  • Based on a scientific problem carry out a computer experiment, e.g., atomistic simulations or rate-theory simulations, describing various aspects of structure or kinetics of crystal defects, and analyze the results.
  • Interpret some important types of experiments targeting the properties of point defects, in terms of atomistic processes.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: Basic knowledge in solid state physics.

Recommended prerequisites

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G.S. Was, Fundamentals of radiation materials science, Metals and Alloys, Springer 2007.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • DAT1 - Computer lab, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • DAT2 - Computer lab, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.0 credits, 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.

1. Solutions to home assignments should be handed in.
2. The solutions are discussed in an oral exam.
3. One computer lab with written 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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

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Pär Olsson,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Physics