MENA9510 – Advanced Characterization Methods

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Course content

This course on advanced characterization methods will include the main techniques relevant to the characterization of materials. The introduction to each technique will be supervised by an expert in this technique. Time allocated for each separate technique will generally be one day. The day will start with an introductory lecture giving the basic understanding of the technique and the physical principles it is based on, as well as advantages and limitations. The lecture will be followed by laboratory work, where the participants will do the necessary preparations of samples and perform the measurements.

The course will be divided into four modules:

  1. Structure and composition of materials 
  2. Optical characterization of semiconductor materials 
  3. Electrical characterization of semiconductor materials
  4. Characterization of silicon wafers and solar cells (given by IFE)

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you are able to:

  • understand the basic principles of the techniques presented in the course.
  • recognize the advantages and limitations of the methods.
  • formulate requirements for samples suitable for each technique.
  • perform simple and routine operations on the experimental setups.
  • interpret the experimental data.

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.

Due to laboratory capacity, the course is limited to 12-16 students.

Students are expected to have good knowledge of condensed matter physics and/or solid state chemistry. 


Teaching takes place intensively over two full weeks, the two weeks separated by some time:

  • About 15 hours of lectures
  • Approximately 40 hours of mandatory laboratory work

The course is module-based, and all four modules can be run in parallel. Students can be divided into groups of max. 5 persons, and every two days, each group will move on to a new module. 


  • Final written exam consisting of a project report to be handed in one month after the teaching is finished.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 29, 2022 1:13:56 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.  

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