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FSK3881 Advanced Topics in Materials Science 6.0 credits

The course is based on open literature and below listed textbooks where the course participants are demanded very active participation. The course is conducted in a seminar form, with discussion and analysis of how topographic, morphological, compositional and crystallographic information are deduced using scanning and transmission electron microscopes.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3881 (Autumn 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is based on the books listed below and on additional literature provided during the course. It is organized as a series of seminars, where student active participation is required. The seminar classes develop through discussions and analyses, dealing with how to interpret and extract relevant information (topography, morphology, structure and crystallography) on the specimen from the experimental data recorded by scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

Intended learning outcomes

Fundamental understanding of:

  • energetic electrons interaction with matter
  • primary and secondary signals sources and   utility of such interactions
  • qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques associated with the interaction
  • basic physics of interaction
  • interrelations between transmission, diffraction, absorption and reflection phenomena

Course disposition

The course is planned in form of seminar modules. Students will do seminars during the course and it is compulsory to attend all seminar events during the active period of the course.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled as PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

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Selected research articles and the following books:

Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis. Joseph I. Goldstein et al. 1992

Electron Backscatter Diffraction in Materials Science. Adam J. Schwartz et al. 2000

Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy Rik Brydson 2006

Electron Crystallography Xiaodong Zou etl. 2011

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale



  • SEM1 - Seminars, 6.0 credits, grading scale: G

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.

SEM1: presentation/lecture in one of the seminars, 6 credits, grading scale: P/F

Other requirements for final grade

Participation participation to all (75%) seminars. Students will give a seminar at the end of the course on specific related topic.

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

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Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics