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Applied nuclear, neutron and reactor physics

FKFN25/FYST18 (7.5 hp)

The aim of the course is to illustrate the possibilities to use competence in nuclear physics and nuclear measurement techniques as a tool within other disciplines. The course aims to give an overview of possible applications of nuclear physics with special emphasis on ion beam analysis, neutron scattering, neutron detection and reactor physics. The course shall give knowledge on the construction and function of modern reactors, theory of neutron physics, core design and fuel optimization. Experiments will be made at the SONNIG setup (related to ESS) using state-of-the-art equipment for neutron detection.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

  • be very familiar with different ion beam analytical techniques
  • be very familiar with the basics in reactor physics
  • be very familiar with methods of neutron detection and have knowledge of neutron scattering physics.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

  • be able to choose a suitable analytical technique for a given problem
  • have improved the ability to understand different applications of nuclear physics from an experimental point of view
  • write a paper that in a commenting and critical manner concludes published results of relevance to the course agenda
  • orally present the paper and also discuss and comment the contributions from the other students.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

  • be able to individually find scientific information that is necessary for writing a paper relevant to the contents of the course
  • through feed backed peer-review assess papers written within the course.

General info

This course starts on January 15, 2018. The introductory meeting will be in B113 at 13:15. Welcome.

Slides from the intro-meeting 2018.


Contact info

Teachers 2018Office
Jan Pallon B203
Hanno Perrey B202
Francesco MessiB202
Yulia LindholmB208