Course syllabus

Tillämpad kärn-, neutron- och reaktorfysik
Applied Nuclear, Neutron and Reactor Physics

FKFN25, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

General Information

Elective for: F4, F4-aft
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 ion beam analysis, neutron scattering, neutron detection and reactor physics. The course shall give knowledge on the construction and function of modern reactors, theory of neutron physics, core design and fuel optimization. The course will focus on radiation protection and instrumentation for monitoring neutrons and emissions of radioactive gases and particles. It will also introduce safety and risk evaluation for large and complex facilities.


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 course is focused on three main topics that are applications of the subatomic physics:


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 overlaps following course/s: FYST18, FKFN01, FKFN10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: dr Mikael Elfman,
Course coordinator: Professor Jan Pallon,
Course coordinator: Docent Kevin Fissum,
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