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SH2605 Radiation Damage in Materials 6.0 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Mechanisms for generation of point defects

Hardening, swelling and emrittlement




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.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in solid state 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 - Computer Exercise with Report, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Computer Exercise with Oral Presentation, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Home Assignments, 1.5 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.

Written exam

Computer laboration with written report

Computer laboration with oral report


The course grade is determined to 50% by the home assignments and 50% by the written examination.

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.

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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