Course syllabus

Produktion av fotoner och neutroner för vetenskap
Photon and Neutron Production for Science

EXTF90, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2015-04-16

General Information

Elective for: BME4, F4, F4-aft, N5
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Examination details

Grading scale: UV
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.


Required prior knowledge: Basic courses i mathematics and physics.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Erik Wallén,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is given by the Faculty of Science and does not follow the study period structure.