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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
TIF110 - Advanced analysis methods
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-25 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAPP
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

MPAPP APPLIED PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Bitr professor  Lena Falk


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic courses in physics and/or condensed materials are recommended.


The purpose of this course is to develop a knowledge of important analytical
methods that are used in research and development. The techniques are based
on spectroscopic and imaging principles, probing electronic and structural
properties of solid materials such as high performance metals, alloys and
ceramics, biomaterials and nanostructures.
The students obtain training in selecting techniques appropriate for
specific analytical problems, and apply them in hands-on laboratory

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After the course the student should be able to: Select appropriate analysis methods for a specific task Apply imaging and spectroscopic tools Evaluate results from imaging and spectroscopic experiments Critically evaluate the limitations of imaging and spectroscopic experiments


The course covers different imaging, spectroscopy and diffraction techniques. The main topics of the course are:
X-ray diffraction
Electron diffraction
Neutron diffraction and neutron sources
IR vibrational spectroscopy
Raman spectroscopy
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Auger electron spectroscopy
Secondary ion mass spectroscopy
Nuclear magnetic resonance: imaging and spectroscopy
Transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopy
Electron energy loss spectroscopy
Scanning electron microscopy
X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry
Focussed ion beam microscopy and manipulation
Atom probe tomography
Scanning probe microscopy
Large scale facilities
Probes for biological systems


The course consists of lectures, lab visits and a short project. Attendance at a minimum of 80 % of the lectures is required. Two of the techniques discussed in the lectures are used in a short project on the investigation of a selected material or a component. Obtained results are presented in a written report and orally in a seminar at the end of the course.


Material in the form of lecture notes and ppt-presentations will be available on the web site of the course.


The short project is compulsory. The student has to deliver a written project report and give an oral presentation of the project.

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