FYS4340 – Diffraction Methods and Electron Microscopy

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Course content

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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Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding to the following courses at the University of Oslo:

FYS3410 – Condensed matter physics (continued).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS9340 – Diffraction Methods and Electron Microscopy


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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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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


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)