Course syllabus

Tillämpad subatomär fysik
Applied Subatomic Physics

FKFN01, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2012-03-22

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: F4, F4-aft, MNAV1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


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.

Learning outcomes

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

Competences and skills
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

Fission reactor technology, radiation shielding – tutorials (discussion groups).

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

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
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.


Required prior knowledge: FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 8.
The course overlaps following course/s: FYST18

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: dr Mikael Elfman,
Course coordinator: docent Jan Pallon,
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