This course is discontinued

FYS-KJM5920 – Nuclear measurement techniques and instruments

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Course content

The course gives a description of nuclear spectroscopic techniques and methods. Interaction between radiation and matter, modern detectors (ionising detectors, scintillator systems, semiconductor detectors) and how they are used in experiments, accelerator physics, advanced techniques for data analysis, signal control, coincidences and multi-detector systems.

Learning outcome

The objective of the course is to give students an introduction to modern experimental techniques for nuclear methods and instrumentation. The course will include statistics/simulations, detectors and accelerator physics, with an emphasis on detector systems. The course also gives an introduction to the general phenomena, which occur when radiation reacts with matter. This will give the students a solid background for research and development projects within instrumentation.


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Recommended previous knowledge

FYS3520 – Nuclear physics, structure and spectroscopy (discontinued) or similar course.


The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of teaching (lectures and colloquia) per week.


Final oral exam (100%). The Laboratory reports must evaluated as passed in order to take the final exam.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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Facts about this course






This course was discontinued in 2017.


Exams will be offered Autumn 2018 and 2019.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)