FYS4505 – Methods and Instrumentation for Nuclear and Particle Physics

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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, semiconductor 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 knowledge of electronics for modern detectors, including e.g. triggering and signal control 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 the 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.

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 course extends over a whole semester with 2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of group teaching per week. The course also includes practical laboratory exercises/computational and calculations problems.

This course has five mandatory assignments (lab reports), of which one from the main part and one from the module must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

If there are less than four students registered, the course will be given as a self-study course.

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.


Two out of five mandatory lab reports, one from the main part and one from the module, must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

  • Two lab reports which together counts 20% towards the final grade.
  • Final oral or written exam (4 hours), which counts 80% towards the final grade.

The form of the final exam will be decided based on the number of students registered for the course after the registration deadline.

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: FYS9505 – Methods and Instrumentation for Nuclear and Particle Physics

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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) Dec. 3, 2020 2:12:05 PM

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)