Physics with Neutrons 1 (Fundamentals)
Module version of WS 2016/7
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2016/7||WS 2015/6||WS 2010/1|
PH2053 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2053 in the version of WS 2016/7 was Michael Leitner.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
The website of the neutron lecture and the related tutorials can be found here:
- Production of Neutron Beams
- Scattering Theory
- Nuclear Elastic Neutron Scattering: Structure Determination
- Nuclear Inelastic Neutron Scattering: Phonons
- Neutron Scattering from Disordered Systems: Gases, Liquids
After participation in the module the student is able to:
- apply the kinematic theory of elastic neutron scattering
- understand the use of various instruments for neutron scattering
- judge the use of various scattering methods for the determination of the structure of various materials
- analyse x-ray and neutron scattering diffraction data from powder and single crystals
- determine and analyse phonon dispersion curves
- determine and analyse phonon density of states
- understand diffraction data from non-crystalline materials
- Bachelor degree in physics
- suggested: course in solid state physics
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Physics with Neutrons 1||
Assistants: Senyshyn, A.
Wed, 10:00–12:00, PH 2271
|UE||2||Exercise to Physics with Neutrons 1||
Responsible/Coordination: Petry, W.
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Learning and Teaching Methods
The learning outcomes of the module will be achieved via frontal lecture, written and verbal lecturing and powerpoint presentations. The lecture will be complemented by a weekly exercise class, where students will solve problems under supervision of a tutor.
- A. Furrer, J. Mesot, T. Strässle: Neutron Scattering in Condensed Matter Physics, World Scientific, London (2009) .
- G. L. Squires: Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering, Dover Publications, N. Y. (1966).
- S. W. Lovesey, Theory of Neutron Scattering from Condensed Matter I, II, Oxford Science Publ., Oxford (1984).
- A. Furrer: Frontiers in Neutron Scattering, World Scientific, London (1999).
- G. E. Bacon: Neutron Diffraction, Oxford (1962).
- P. A. Egelstaff: Thermal Neutron Scattering, Acad. Press, London (1965).
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.
Remarks on associated module exams
The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2054: Physics with Neutrons 2 / Physik mit Neutronen 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.