FYS4340 - Diffraction methods and electronmicroscopy

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Course content

Contents: Diffraction methods and their applications to structure problems, in particular to alloy systems and other inorganic materials. Crystallography. Diffraction from lattice defects. Imaging and contrast in electron microscopy. Kinematic and elementary dynamical theory of electron diffraction. Interpretation of contrast from defects. The transmission electron microscope and its principles. Briefly about other electron beam instruments.

Learning outcome

To give the students necessary knowledge about how to use electron microscopy and diffraction at a master level.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway, you must either have 2MX/2MY/3MZ and 3MX/3FY/3KJ/3BI/(2KJ+3BT)/(2BI+3BT) from Norwegian upper secondary school, or have completed equivalent studies in mathematics as well as physics, or chemistry, or biology at upper secondary school or university level at another educational institution. Read more about fulfilling special requirements.

Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding to the following courses at the University of Oslo: FYS3410 - Condensed matter physics.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against FYS335.

10 credits overlap against FYS9340.


The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of teaching per week (lectures and problem solving).


A midterm exam where the students should present a summary of a subject which has been lectured. This summary can be presented by writing a short report (approx. 5 pages) or by an oral presentation (approx. 30 minutes). In addition a final oral exam (primo December). Letter grade.

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Explanations and appeals

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The teaching in this course will normally be cancelled if less than 3 students register within the deadline for the course registration.

Facts about this course






If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)