This course is discontinued

UNIK9840 – Neutron Scattering in Materials Research - with laboratory exercises

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Course content

This course gives a theoretical and practical introduction into how different neutron scattering techniques can be used for mapping and understanding the structure and operation of new functional materials. This knowledge forms the basis for further studies within advanced materials science and technology. The course may also be useful for students who do not plan to use neutron techniques in their own research but who needs an overview of this very important technique for materials characterization.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • know the basic principles of neutron scattering and have an overview of the various neutron scattering methods
  • know what type of information that can be obtained for various classes of materials, as well as main advantages and disadvantages using the methods
  • have sufficient knowledge in order to judge how neutron scattering techniques can contribute to solving research problems
  • have practical training and sufficient basis for active participation in doing neutron scattering experiments at neutron sources
  • have obtained very good knowledge of at least one of the neutron scattering methods, and being able to communicate this to others


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

The course requires some basic knowledge of materials corresponding to general introductory courses in materials science or condensed matter physics like FYS3410 – Condensed matter physics (continued), MENA3000 – Functional materials (discontinued) or MENA3100 – Characterization of Materials.


The course is given in the spring term with 3 hours of teaching (lectures, problem solving and discussions) during about 12 weeks. In addition there will be 3-4 full days of compulsory laboratory work with submissions of laboratory reports. Submission and presentation of an essay/report on a theme relevant to this course is also required.

Parts of the teaching will be jointly with UNIK4845.

More details:
When at least half of the theoretical introduction has been lectured, smaller laboratory groups (2-3 students) will be formed, and these groups will make appointments with the laboratory supervisors about the 3-4 full-day practical laboratory exercises in the JEEP II research reactor at IFE, Kjeller.


Laboratory reports and the submitted essay with plenary presentation count 25% in your final grading. The oral exam at the end of the semester counts 75% in your final grading.

Grading scale

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 examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






This course was taught for the last time spring 2018.


Exam will be possible spring 2019 and spring 2020 for students who already completed the teaching an earlier semester.

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