FYS4420 – Experimental Techniques in Porous and Complex Systems

Teaching and exams spring 2022

At the MN Faculty teaching is in-person this spring, but there may still be cases of online or hybrid teaching.

Please see the semester page, Canvas or your regular channel of information for changes in teaching and form of examination.

Course content

The course contains four projects that will give students an introduction to important experimental techniques in the field of condensed matter physics. The course will be adapted to the center of excellence PoreLab with a special focus on porous media physics. The teaching is based on four projects in which the students apply techniques on realistic problems in condensed matter physics.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you should know how a PID controller works in an experimental setup with a particular focus on temperature control. You have experience with how the temperature in a system can be controlled.
  • you know the theory of dynamic light scattering and have experience in using light scattering to study diffusing particles and particles in a convective velocity field. You have experience in using dynamic light scattering to measure viscosity and the particles diffusion constant and size.
  • you have experience in setting up a 2D experiment for two-phase flow in porous media, and you are able to perform image analysis to characterize the structure and the dynamics. You know fundamental mechanisms for two-phase flow in porous media and how numerical models can be used to understand the observed pattern formations.
  • you will have experience in performing a porous media experiment at the NTNU Porelab node.
  • you have acquired skills in collaborating in groups with other students.
  • you have learned to carry out research projects near the research front and to write a scientific report.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


The teaching consists of four project assignments, and includes approximately 4 hours of lectures before you carry out each of the project assignments. Each project assignment amounts to 1-2 full working days in the laboratory. You must write a mandatory research report for each project assignment.

At least one of the project assignments will be conducted at the SFF PoreLab node at NTNU in Trondheim. Travel expenses will be covered.

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.


  • Four project assignments with associated mandatory research reports, which together count 50 % towards the final grade.
  • Final oral exam, which counts 50 % towards the final grade.

All four project assignments and the final oral exam must be passed in the same semester to obtain a final grade.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9420 – Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 19, 2022 5:12:26 AM

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.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)