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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

In this course, you learn about statistical properties of atomic nuclei and models that describe these, and about different types of nuclear reactions that are used to study the atomic nucleus. In the course, you will also get the "toolbox" you need to analyze experimental data and extract new knowledge about the nucleus. The course provides the basis for designing experiments and interpreting their results. The course combines theoretical introduction into these topics, numerical calculations and hands-on data analysis.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • You have knowledge of fundamental scattering theory, including the concepts of cross-sections, partial wave analysis, potential and resonant scattering, and the optical model.
  • You have an overview of different nuclear reaction mechanisms, including direct and compound reactions, and their application for experimental studies of nuclear structure.
  • You are able to use numerical codes to calculate fusion evaporation cross-sections, interpret the results and use the results to plan experiments.
  • You have knowledge of gamma decay, both discrete and statistical, transition probabilities and the gamma strength function.
  • You have knowledge of statistical and thermodynamic models of the atomic nucleus such as the Fermi gas model, and how these describe gross properties of the nucleus, like the nuclear level density.
  • You will have hands-on experience in analyzing experimental data using the "Oslo method", to extract nuclear level densities and gamma strength functions. 

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 runs over a whole semester with 4 hours of teaching each week. The teaching consists of lectures and hands-on work.

There will be a hands-on part where the students themselves will analyze experimental data.

This course has one mandatory assignment (either a written submission or a seminar lecture) midway through the semester, which must be approved before the final exam. The course also includes a written project assignment which is part of the curriculum for the final exam. PhD candidates will be given a more comprehensive project assignment than master students, which requires a deeper understanding of the curriculum and more programming.


One mandatory assignment (either a written submission or a seminar lecture) midway through the semester must be approved before you can sit the final exam. PhD candidates will be given a more challenging and comprehensive mandatory assignment than master students.

  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

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: FYS4515 – Nuclear Physics I

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 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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 26, 2020 10:13:59 AM

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)