FYS9420 – Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics

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Course content

The course contains four projects that will give students 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.

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 an 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.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against FYS345.

10 credits with FYS4420 – Experimental techniques in condensed matter physics


The teaching consists of 4 projects and approximately 4 hours of lectures for each project. The lab part of each project will take a total of 1-2 full days. Finally, a research report will be written on each of the projects.

At least one of the projects  must be done at SFF Porelab node  at NTNU in Trondheim. Travelling costs will be covered.

The student must provide a presentation of an experimental scientific article published in the last 10 years.

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.


There will be grades on all the 4 project reports. All project reports must be passed to attend the exam. The project reports count 50% in the evaluation.

The presentation of a scientific article must be considered passed to able to take the exam.

An oral exam that counts 50%, will be given at the end of the course.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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.

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

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)