Course syllabus

Tillämpad kärnfysik och acceleratorer
Applied Nuclear Physics and Accelerators

FAFF11, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED N
Date of Decision: 2021-04-19

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: F2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course provides a broad orientation about fundamental and applied nuclear physics, while at the same time including detailed studies of selected topics, e.g. natural and artificial radioactivity. Particular aims are understanding of nuclear physics concepts and phenomena related to abundance, measurement and use of ionizing radiation in society, including phenomena of importance for the energy supply. The course also gives a broad orientation about the principles of different types of accelerators and their application in research, medicine and industry. The course aims to stimulate the interest for further studies in the subject. By highlighting important technical applications, the course aims at illustrating the mutual dependence between technology and basic science.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Size, structure and mass of the atomic nucleus. Nuclear models. Strong interaction. Radioactive decay, emission of alpha, beta and gamma radiation. Nuclear reactions. Interaction of ionizing radiation with matter. Biological effects and radiation protection. Nuclear measurement instrumentation. Neutron physics and spallation sources. Accelerators. Fission and fusion. Reactor physics, medical applications, radioactivity in the environment. Methods for analysis and estimates in physical problems within the area.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam, passed laboratory work and corresponding written reports.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0121. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written laboratory report after each laboratory exercise. Contents: Experimental work as laboratory exercises in small groups. Preparation before and reporting after each exercise is mandatory.
Code: 0221. Name: Theoretical Part.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.


Assumed prior knowledge: FMSF80 Mathematical statistics, basic course, FAFA55 Concepts in Quantum Physics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAF270, FAFF10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Kristina Eriksson Stenström,
Further information: Parts of the course, e.g. the laboratory exercises, might be taught in English.