FYS4505 – Methods and Instrumentation for Nuclear and Particle Physics

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Course content

This course introduces methods for measurement and analysis for nuclear and particle physics. Furthermore, the course deals with complex detector systems, signal control, triggering and relevant computational tools for the field.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • You know how different types of ionizing radiation interacts with matter and what processes are important in different energy regimes
  • You understand how ionization detectors, semi-conductor detectors and scintillator detectors work and how they are used alone and in multi-detector systems.
  • You have learned how data is read out and will have knowedge of electronics for modern detecors, including e.g. triggering and signal controle and coincidences.
  • You are able to use computer simulations to understand what is happening in a detection system, study detector response and signal background.
  • You can apply statistical methods and computational tools in interpretation of results from measurements and have sufficient knowledge about measurement techniques to assess detector usage in different situations.
  • You have knowledge of gamma spectroscopy, particle spectroscopy and electron spectroscopy for low energy applications.
  • You have knowledge of the structure of modern high energy experiments and their particular challenges (event selection, event reconstruction, simulations and data analysis), with ATLAS and ALICE at CERN as examples.


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.


The course stretches over a whole term with 2 hours lectures and 3 hours group teaching per week. The course includes practical lab exercises/computational and calculations problems.

There are five mandatory assignments, two of which has to be approved to take the final exam.

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.


Final oral or written exam (4 hours) counts for 100% of the grade. The form of the exam will be decided by the number of students in the course after the admission deadline.

There are five mandatory assignments, two of which has to be approved to take the final exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Exam attempts in FYS4505 – Methods and Instrumentation for Nuclear and Particle Physics count as exam attempts in FYS9505 – Methods and instrumentation for nuclear and particle physics.

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


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)