Course syllabus

Scattering Methods

EXTN85, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Elective for: F4, F4-aft, N4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course aims to give a basic knowledge and understanding of different scattering methods used for studying structure and dynamics of colloidal dispersions.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Lectures: The course begins with basic scattering theory and a derivation, from basic principles, of the scattering from a dispersion of spherical colloidal particles. This is followed by a presentation of different experimental methods, such as small angle neutron scattering (SANS), small angle Xray scattering (SAXS), and static and dynamic light scattering. As the main model system we treat dispersions of spherical particles but non-spherical particles will also be discussed.
Laboratory exercises: In the lab course we begin by studying the diffraction and scattering from slits and thin threads, as illustrations of the concept of scattering. We then do experiments on colloidal dispersions using SAXS and static and dynamic light scattering.

Examination details

Grading scale: UV
Assessment: Written or oral examination, compulsory laboratory work and the submitted assignments. The final grade for the course is determined by weighting the results of the examination and the compulsory components.


Required prior knowledge: Compulsory courses in mathematics.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Ulf Olsson,
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Further information: The course is to be studied together with KEMM37, which is given by the Faculty of Science. Does not follow the study period structure.