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

Volume 2015/2016

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

  • Introduction to the scientific concepts, e.g. biological matter, materials chemistry, soft matter and hard condensed matter
  • Intuitive overview of basic scattering
  • X-ray and neutron production/facilities
  • Scattering methods including examples from science
  • Problem solving and virtual experiments
  • 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 grasp of the central concepts of scattering and to describe the experimental process and the results obtained.

Knowledge of how to use large research facilities within X-ray and neutron science for the study of biological systems (e.g. single proteins and membranes), and chemical/physical properties of materials (e.g. polymers and crystals).

After passing the course, the student should be able to participate in the setup, conduction, data analysis and reporting of a scattering experiment. This course will provide the students with a competent background for further studies within x-ray and neutron scattering, i.e. an M.Sc. project

Lecture notes

Full days (8 hours incl. lunch) with alternating lectures, problem sessions and virtual experiments. For the experiments in the final week, there may be night work for some groups. The course will also include several 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.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • E-Learning
  • 20
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Lectures
  • 50
  • Practical exercises
  • 20
  • Preparation
  • 50
  • Theory exercises
  • 26
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
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