FYS9505 – Methods and instrumentation for nuclear and particle physics
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.
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.
- You have studied in-depth a particular experimental setup or technique and obtained detailed knowledge of this system/technique.
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
- 10 credits overlap with FYS4505 – Methods and Instrumentation for Nuclear and Particle Physics
- 5 credits overlap with FYS4550 – Experimental high energy physics (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with FYS9550 – Experimental high energy physics (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with FYS-KJM5920 – Nuclear measurement techniques and instruments (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with FYS-KJM9920 – Nuclear measurement techniques and instruments (discontinued)
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.
In of the mandatory assignments you will go in-depth in a measurement related issue or an experimental setup. The assignment must be agreed upon directly with the course responsible.
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. One of the two is an assignment where you go in-depth in a measurement related issue or an experimental setup.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
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 FYS9505 – Methods and instrumentation for nuclear and particle physics count as exam attempts in FYS4505 – 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.