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KJM-FYS5920 – Nuclear measurement techniques and instruments

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Course content

Use and theory of common radioactivity detectors are described in detail, together with hands on training in their set up and use. A thorough introduction to the theoretical principles of detection of radioactive radiation is an important part of the course. The course will focus on semiconductor detectors for alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and x-ray-detections and on scintillation detection techniques. In addition to the detectors, the accompanying electronics will be explained at user level. The course includes how to use multiple detectors in a (time-) correlated way (coincidence techniques).

Learning outcome

The student shall learn enough about radioactivity detectors and their electronics to be able to select an appropriate system for a specific task, set it up correctly, and use it correctly to measure radioactivity in experiments in for example physics, chemistry, geology, biology, medicine, etc.


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Recommended previous knowledge

KJM3900 – Radioactivity or similar course.


The course comprises 30 hours of lectures, 10 hours of group seminars and a mandatory laboratory course of 40 hours. The laboratory course must be completed/passed before a student may sit for the final exam.

The first lecture is mandatory, as well as the laboratory exercises. If you are unable to attend, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.

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.


Oral examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

A student may appeal against an awarded grade and/or file a formal complaint about exam procedures.

Resit an examination

This course does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examination, see:

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Special examination arrangements

Students may apply for access to alternative exam resources or exam forms on the basis of chronic illness and/or special needs that create a marked disadvantage to other students in the exam situation. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.


The teaching will be cancelled if fewer than three students have registered for the course by the closing date for course registration.

A completed laboratory course is valid four semesters after it was passed the first time. After this period you must retake the whole laboratory course in order to sit for a final exam. If you have completed the laboratory course but never sat for the final exam, it is your responsibility to have the laboratory course registered, and in such a case you must contact the student administration in room VU20-22 in the Department of Chemistry.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)