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FSK3887 Characterization Techniques in Materials Physics using Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3887 (Autumn 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

High brilliance and intensity sources, X-ray  diffraction and scattering, neutron diffraction and scattering, X-ray  absorption, X-ray  emission, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Imaging techniques.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of material characterization methods using neutrons and synchrotron radiation.
  • Describe the process of synchrotron radiation from a dipole magnet, undulator, and wiggler.
  • Explain the central components as well as their function in an injector and storage ring.
  • Describe the function of monochromators and beam monitors.
  • Describe differences in properties of neutrons and photons and how these differences affect their use in experiments.
  • Describe the principles of x-ray diffraction and scattering, neutron diffraction and scattering, x-ray absorption, x-ray emission, and photoelectron spectroscopy.

Course disposition


Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled as PhD student, with a Master of science degree  in engineering physics, or equivalent.

Course in solid state physics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Giorgio Margaritondo, Elements of Synchrotron Light: For Biology, Chemistry, and Medical Research, Oxford University Press, USA (2002)
Jens Als-Nielsen, Des McMorrow, Elements of Modern X-ray Physics, Wiley (2001)
B.T.M. Willis, C.J. Carlile, Experimental Neutron Scattering, Oxford University Press (2009)

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale



  • INL1 - Assignments, 6.0 credits, grading scale: G
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.5 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: Seminarium, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P/F
INL1: Hand-in exercises, 6 credits, grade scale: P/F

Other requirements for final grade

Passed (P) SEM1 and INL1.

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

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Course web FSK3887

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Main field of study

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

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Jonas Weissenrieder (

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics