FYS9320 – Electron Microscopy, Electron Diffraction and Spectroscopy II

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Course content

The course gives a theoretical and practical introduction to topics in modern transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for investigations of materials. Special emphasis is given to understanding the scattering processes fast electrons experience in a material, and how they form the basis for determination of electronic and crystal structure using techniques such as Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy (EELS), scanning-TEM (STEM), electron holography, and (quantitative) Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction (CBED).

The course is suitable for students who will use TEM as part of their master's or Ph.D. studies, researchers participating in projects where TEM plays a central role, and for those who need to understand results from advanced TEM studies.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you are able to:

  • explain modern methods in electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and spectroscopy.
  • discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods.
  • describe the interaction between the inelastic and elastic scattering of electrons in materials.
  • evaluate the consequences of different spreading mechanisms for the interpretation of diffraction, spectroscopy, and imaging data from TEM.

Admission to the course

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.

Overlapping courses


The course will be taught intensively with 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of colloquia/lab per week.

Hand out of Scientific articles that must be read and presented for the rest of the students.

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.


  • 3 to 5 chosen articles will be mandatory to read, one of which must be presented to the class.
  • Final oral exam

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: FYS5310 – Electron Microscopy, Electron Diffraction and Spectroscopy II

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 14, 2022 9:14:18 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)