FYS9420 - Experimental techniques in condensed matter physics

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Course content

Techniques for controlling experimental setups, dynamic light scattering, neutron scattering, image processing techniques. The course is based on different projects where the students apply the techniques on realistic problems from condensed matter physics.

Learning outcome

To obtain contact with the cutting edge of research in experimental methods in condensed matter physics. Practice in writing reports from minor research projects.


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 FYS345.

10 credits with FYS4420 - Experimental techniques in condensed matter physics


The course extends over a full semester with a total of 30 hours of lectures in addition to some compulsory hours of lab work.

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.


Student will have to give an scientific presentation on a chosen subject. 4 compulsory laboratory/project work will be included (50 % weight). In addition an oral exam at the end of the semester.

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 autumn

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)