Introduction to X-ray and Neutron scattering. The course covers the basic physical principles underlying the interaction of X-ray and neutrons with matter, as well as the physics behind standard experimental techniques used to understand the structure and dynamical processes in matter.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
Review of Atomic and Crystalline Structure of Matter
X-ray and Neutrons: Wave and Particle Descriptions
Absorption and scattering processes: elastic and inelastic
X-ray - Matter interaction
Neutron - Matter interactions
Introduction to spectroscopy
Synchrotron and Neutron Instrumentation
After completing the course, the student will be able to explain various types of interactions between x-ray/neutrons and matter. Characterize main types of scattering: elastic / inelastic, coherent / incoherent, nuclear / magnetic, apply the theory of basic principles in diffraction and spectroscopy. Be able to calculate structural factors for simple systems. Be able to explain fundamental characteristics of synchrotron radiation as well as various types of experimental methods associated with the use of neutrons and synchrotron radiation. Determine whether neutron scattering or X-ray scattering is a suitable experimental technique for a given project. Explain the structure of instruments for the different types of experiments.
Required prerequisite knowledge
FYS300 Electromagnetism and Special Relativity, FYS320 Quantum Mechanics, FYS340 Statistical Physics
Oral exam and report
Form of assessment
The course has a continuous assessment. All parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade.A re-sit exam is offered for the oral exam in accordance with the faculty's ordinary cycle.There are no re-take possibilities for the laboratory report until the course is lectured again.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.