FYSS5455 Electron, Photon and Ion Beam Methods in Materials Science (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Physics
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


  • Interaction of energetic ions, electrons and photons with matter
  • thin film deposition techniques
  • ion, electron and photon beam based characterization techniques for thin films and surfaces
  • project work, which consists of growth of thin films using atomic layer deposition, characterization of thin films using at least two different techniques, reporting performed analysis and presenting results in a seminar. 

Learning outcomes

After passing the course successfully the student

  • knows the most used thin film deposition techniques and applications of thin films

  • knows the basic interactions between photons, electrons and ions with matter

  • knows the different physical properties which can be probed using electron, photon and ion beam techniques

  • understands the underlying physics of different techniques

  • is able to choose the right characterization technique for each materials problem

  • can evaluate the quality of the results from own measurements but also from other studies

  • has hands-on experience of thin film deposition and characterization

  • can critically compare results obtained from same physical parameter by two different techniques

  • is able to do independent analysis of ion beam analysis data including the uncertainty budget

  • can write a brief report and give a presentation based on measured and simulated experimental data 

Description of prerequisites

Preferably basic knowledge of nuclear and materials physics. 

Study materials

Lecture slides, other material given during the course. 

Completion methods

Method 1

Given every other year.
Evaluation criteria:
60 % oral exam, 20 % home excersises, 20 % project work.
Time of teaching:
Period 1
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
60 % oral exam, 20 % home excersises, 20 % project work.
Study methods:
  • Lectures

  • Home excercises

  • Project work including sample preparation and analysis with at least two techniques

  • Lectures cover all the major materials characterization techniques in which photon, electron or ion beams are used

  • Oral exam