Course syllabus

Experimentella verktyg i subatomär fysik
Experimental Tools for Subatomic Physics

FKFN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Elective for: BME4-bf, E4, F4, F4-mt, F4-aft
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The student will learn to understand and apply generic experimental tools and techniques used in the natural sciences and in particular in physics. In addition, the student will be oriented on contemporary large-scale infrastructure for physics research.

The course elements are dedicated to different subjects and focus for the individual student will be on those not earlier encountered. The course aim will be deeper insight into experimental physics and nuclear physics in particular and to give an overview of the tool box available for the experimentalist.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The functioning of accelerators and light source is presented along study visits to the research divisions, which show and explain the infrastructure being used.

The practical exercises are important and are mainly performed with research equipment at the department. For well performed experiments, statistical analysis, data handling and simulations are necessary and this is treated as separate projects.

The course is common for the science and technical faculty, but since the pre-knowledge of the students are somewhat different, the emphasis on the different parts of the course will differ. Interaction of radiation with matter is intended for the technical faculty while analogue and digital technique are for the science faculty students.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: In order to pass the course the student is required to have acceptable practical reports, to have acceptable hand-in exercises, and to have actively participated in all compulsory course elements and tutorials. The final grade for the course is determined by the aggregated results of the different parts of the examinations during the course.


Required prior knowledge: FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FYSN15

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: docent Jan Pallon,
Course coordinator: professor Per Kristiansson,
Course coordinator: docent Anders Oskarsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is partly the same course as the course “Experimental Tools” (first term course in the Science Faculty Masters program in Physics) and the two courses will be run in parallel.