Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UV. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: F4aft, F4, N5. Course coordinator: Rami Sankari, and Erik Wallén, erik.wallé, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: Basic courses i mathematics and physics. Assessment: Written examination, passed laboratory excercises and hand-in exercises. Participation in the group and experimental work, studyvisits, demonstrations and related education and hand-in duties is compulsory. The final grade for the course is determined by the aggregated results of the different parts of the examination. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give a general overview of the production in accelerators and reactors of neutrons and photons for science. The course aims at providing a solid base for future studies towards the construction of and science at the large facilities such as MAX IV and ESS.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

The course gives an overview of how photons and neutrons are produced for scientific use.

The course begins with going through different accelerators (linear accelerators and synchrotrons, linear proton acceleration). Different components of the accelerators are introduced and the general theory about how different components, e.g., magnets are used in the accelerators. Machines for producing synchrotron light (synchrotrons) and neutrons (Spallation sources) are described in more detail.

An overview to conventional light sources and reactor based neutron sources is also given. A special focus is then set to beamlines (for photons) and neutron guides (for neutrons), their way for operation and structure. Different components of typical beamlines and neutron guides are introduced together with underlying theory of optics which is the foundation of designing and optimizing them.

Finally, current research methods based on synchrotron radiation and neutrons are presented together with their applications in natural sciences, medicine and technology.

Literature is compiled and produced by the course coordinators.