FYS9320 - Electron Microscopy, Electron Diffraction and Spectroscopy II

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Course content

The course gives a theoretical and practical introduction to topics in modern transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for investigations of materials. Special emphasis is given to understanding the scattering processes fast electrons experience in a material, and how they form the basis for determination of electronic and crystal structure using techniques such as Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy (EELS), scanning-TEM (STEM), electron holography, and (quantitative) Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction (CBED).

The course is suitable for students who will use TEM as part of the master or PhD studies, researchers participating in projects where TEM plays a central role, and for those who need to understand results from advanced TEM studies.

Learning outcome

The students should achieve necessary knowledge of modern methods in electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and spectroscopy. After completing the course, the student should be able to discuss inelastic and elastic scattering of electrons in materials, and consequences for interpretation of diffraction, spectroscopy, and imaging data from TEM


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against FYS435.

10 credits with FYS5310 - Electron Microscopy, Electron Diffraction and Spectroscopy II


The course will be taught intensive(lectures and colloquia).

Hand out of Scientific articles that must be read and presented for the rest of the students.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


3 to 5 chosen articles will be mandatory to read, one of which must be presented to the class. In addition a final oral exam (primo December).

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring

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 spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)