This course is discontinued

FYS5440 – Neutron scattering methods for materials research

Course content

The laboratory course will consist of lectures and an experimental section. The lectures will encompass an introduction to neutron sources, into scattering theory and instrumentation. Furthermore, selected topics of condensed matter will be presented, in particular hydrogen storage materials, magnetic materials and soft matter. The participating students will be divided into groups. Each group will perform three neutron scattering experiments. The experimental data measured will be analysed by the students assisted by the scientist responsible for the instrument.

Learning outcome

The course aims to give students a realistic insight into the experimental technique of neutron scattering and its scientific power.

They should be able to compare various neutron techniques for solving particular structural problems and how these are complementary to other scattering techniques using electron and X-ray beams. The laboratory course is part of the curriculum of the University of Oslo and NTNU, Trondheim.


To participate in this course you must have an admission to a Master- or Ph.D.-programme at a Norvegian University or University College.

If you do not have an admission to a Master- or Ph.D.-Programme in Science at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at The University of Oslo, please see (norwegian text) for information about admission. For more information, please contact The Dep. of Physics.


Recommended previous knowledge


Lectures and laboratory excersises.

The course is given as a crash course with one week duration.
In 2014 the course will take place at Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Kjeller during week 11 (March 10 - 14).
All together there is approx. 35 hours of teaching. The number of participants is limited to 18.

More details about the course schedule can be found on FYS5440/9440.

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.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Group laboratory reports.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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 spring

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 spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)