NFYK12004U  Applications of X-ray and Neutron Scattering in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Volume 2018/2019

Introduction to neutron and X-ray large-scale facilities and the possibilities they offer.


Introduction to scientific concepts in biology and biochemistry, materials chemistry, soft and hard condensed matter

Basic knowledge of X-ray and neutron scattering theory

Scattering methods including examples from science

Hands-on experiments including proposal writing, data analysis and presentation of data

Learning Outcome

The evaluation will be based on the level of understanding the student displays during the oral presentation and through the written report. It is important to have a concrete knowledge of the basic concepts of scattering as well as of the experimental process and data analysis.


Understanding in how large X-ray and neutron research facilities can be used for the study of a variety of materials ranging from proteins and polymers to semiconductors and cements.


This course shall provide the students with a competent background for further studies using scattering techniques, i.e. M.Sc. project or PhD thesis. After passing the course, the student should be able to participate in the setup and  execution of a scattering experiment as well as perform data analysis and report on the results .

Lecture notes plus provided articles and book chapters.

Basic knowledge in solid-state physics and understanding of scattering techniques is advisable. If the student does not have such knowledge she/he should contact the course responsible asking for basic literature.
Full days (8 hours incl. lunch) with alternating lectures, problem sessions and virtual experiments. If experiments are performed at large scale facilities, there may be night work for some groups. The course will also include some social arrangements in the evenings, which are optional but recommended.
The course is a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Lund University and Roskilde University.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, two weeks
A final report based on experiments must be written and approved.
Exam registration requirements

The student must participate 80 % of the time and make a presentation during the course.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
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A new report must be written. Contact the course responsible if you did not participate in the experiments in order to arrange new experiments.
The requirements for participation cannot be ignored. Students who do not meet the requirement should therefore follow the course again the following year.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 50
  • Practical exercises
  • 20
  • Theory exercises
  • 26
  • Preparation
  • 50
  • Exam
  • 40
  • E-Learning
  • 20
  • Total
  • 206