Course syllabus

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

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

Valid for: 2022/23
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2022-04-20

General Information

Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the neutron as a tool for science and engineering. Emphasis will be placed upon the generation of neutron beams, the basics of advanced (state-of-the-art) neutron detectors, modern fission reactors, and methods for shielding and radiation protection. Special emphasis will be placed upon techniques and applications that relate to the European Spallation Source (ESS).


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 the neutron. It begins by providing a broad overview of the fundamentals of neutron-related applications and ends with a focus on certain ESS-related experimental techniques and instrumentation. The neutron-related applications portion of the course consists of lectures, laboratories, and a "flipped-classrom" tutorial exercise. The ESS-related portion of the course consists of lectures. The student will individually complete a paper or project on a course-related topic and present their work.


Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: To pass the course, the student must have satisfactorily completed the laboratory exercises, a "flipped-classroom" tutorial, and a paper or project. In addition, the student must have actively participated in the lectures and tutorials. The final grade will be determined from the grades obtained in the laboratory exercises, tutorials and paper or project, including presentation.

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.


Assumed 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: Docent Kevin Fissum,
Course homepage:
Further information: It is mandatory to attend the introductory meeting in order to be admitted to the course.