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SH2302 Nuclear Physics 8.0 credits

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2302 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Nuclear forces and the structure of the nucleon. Nucleon-nucleon interactions. The deuteron. Nuclear stability. Overview of nuclear models. Nuclear decay (radioactivity). Nuclear reactions. Nuclear astrophysics (nucleosynthesis, stellar processes) Interactions of ionizing radiation in matter. Principles for detection of ionizing radiation. Particle accelerators and their applications. Nuclear energy production (fission, fusion). Nuclear medicine. Material analysis and other applications of nuclear physics.

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to give the students a broad knowledge of nuclear physics, to increase their understanding of phenomena in the microcosmos and of fundamental physical principles, and also to demonstrate how society can benefit from our knowledge in this field. The course also has an emphasis on laboratory work using advanced nuclear instrumentation.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

Modern Physics.


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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

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

One written examination (TEN1; 4 university credits).
Laboratory work (LAB1; 4 university credits) with written reports.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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