SK3887 Characterization Techniques in Materials Physics using Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation 7.5 credits

Karakteriseringsmetoder i materialfysik med neutroner och synkrotronljustrålning

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The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

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




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

Course in solid state physics.


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)


SEM1: Seminarium, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P/F
INL1: Hand-in exercises, 6 credits, grade scale: P/F

Requirements for final grade

Passed (P) SEM1 and INL1.

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Jonas Weissenrieder (


Jonas Weissenrieder <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2018.