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FSK3550 X-ray Physics and Applications 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3550 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Part 1: X-ray basics
X-ray interaction with matter, X-ray sources, X-ray optics, X-ray detectors
Part 2: Application examples and special topics

Intended learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to:

  • describe the x-ray optical properties of materials for different x-ray energies on the basis of the general laws of x-ray radiation interaction with matter
  • explain different possibilities to generate x-ray radiation
    explain the working principle of different x-ray optics on the basis of their material x-ray optical properties
  • apply the knowledge on x-ray sources and optics to explain experimental arrangements in the field of modern x-ray physics
  • apply the knowledge on x-ray interaction with matter to explain different types of analytical methods that use x-ray radiation as a probe
  • present your own research topic and its relation to modern x-ray science

Course disposition

6 lectures, 6 student seminars, x-ray lab

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to PhD studies in Physics, Biological Physics, or related fields of study.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of the physics of electromagnetic radiation corresponding to SK1120 (Waves, 6 hp) and in basic mathematics (vector analysis, integrals, differential equations) is important. Moreover, knowledge in optics corresponding to SK2300 (Optical Physics, 6 hp) is of advantage.


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David Attwood, Soft X-ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation, Cambridge University Press

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • RED1 - Presentation, 3.0 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.

INL1 – homework problems, 3,0 hp, grading: P/F
RED1 – oral presentation, 3,0 hp, grading: P/F

Other requirements for final grade

To pass the course you have to pass the homework problems and give an oral presentation about your own research.

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 FSK3550

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Ulrich Vogt,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics