Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. FKFN01 overlap following cours/es: FKF032, FKF065, FKF032 och FKF065. Optional for: F4, F4asf, MNAV4. Course coordinator: Dr Mikael Elfman, och docent Jan Pallon,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: FAF270 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 8. Assessment: In order to pass the course the student is required to have completed laboratory exercises, projects and paper writing, and also to have participated actively in lectures, tutorials and seminars. As an alternative, a written examination (pass/fail) can be arranged for a student not taking active part in seminars or tutorials. The final grade is weighted average of the laboratory exercises, project part and written paper. Home page:

The aim of the course is to illustrate the possibilities to use competence in nuclear physics and nuclear measurement techniques as a tool within other disciplines. The course aims to give an overview of possible applications of nuclear physics with special emphasis on reactor physics and on recent research in neutron scattering techniques and ion beam analysis.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be very familiar with different ion beam analytical techniques

be very familiar with the basics in reactor physics

have knowledge of neutron scattering physics

have knowledge of important applications of nuclear physics in medicine and technique

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

be able to choose a suitable analytical technique for a given problem

have improved the ability to understand different applications of nuclear physics from an experimental point of view

write a paper that in a commenting and critical manner concludes published results of relevance to the course agenda

orally present the paper and also discuss and comment the contributions from the other students

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to individually find scientific information that is necessary for writing a paper relevant to the contents of the course

through feed backed peer-review assess papers written by students at the same level within the course

The course is focused on four main topics that are applications of the subatomic physics:

Ion beam analysis and AMS – lectures and laboratory exercises

Neutron Physics, neutron scattering with applications like ESS – lectures and projects

Theory of fission reactors – tutorials (discussion group), study visits

Medical and technical applications of nuclear physics – written paper and seminar

Sjöstrand N.G.: Kompendium i Reaktorfysik.
Krane, K.S.: Introductory Nuclear Physics. John Wiley & Sons 1988. ISBN 0-471-80553-X
Articles and papers handed out during the lectures in ion beam analysis and neutron scattering physics.
Instruction manuals to laboratory exercises (Physics Dept)
Papers in applied subatomic physics (the students)