FYS9550 - Experimental high energy physics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

Particle accelerator physics, including beam optics, RF technology and advanced accelerator concepts. Interaction between radiation and matter, modern detectors (ionizing detectors, scintillator systems, semiconductor detectors) and how they are used in experiments. Advanced techniques for data analysis.

Learning outcome

The objective of the course is to give an introduction to experimental techniques and accelerator technology for particle physics. The course includes particle accelerators physics, detectors and statistics/simulations. The course also gives an introduction to the general phenomena which occur when radiation reacts with matter. This will give the students a solid background for research and development projects within accelerator physics and high-energy physics instrumentation.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

6 credits overlap against FYS380.

10 credits with FYS4550 - Experimental high energy physics


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


Grades will be given based on the evaluation of a home work counting approx. 20% and a final oral exam counting approx. 80%.

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)