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FFY431 - Electron microscopy and microanalysis
Owner: MAMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0198 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   25 Oct 2006 am V
1) 24 Aug 2006 8.30 am Sven Hultins gata 6
Contact examiner,  30 Aug 2007 pm V
1) Responsible: Områdesansv Decision date: 2006-10-10

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Professor  Mats Halvarsson


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To give the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to perform qualified electron microscopic investigations of the microstructure and composition of materials.


The aim of this course is that you learn how modern electron microscopes work - both theoretically and practically!

The course starts with a treatment of the principles of electron optics and the design of important com-ponents of electron optical instruments. This is followed by a discussion of the interaction between high energy electrons and matter. This forms the basis for a treatment of the image forming modes of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and different analytical methods such as X-ray micro-analysis (EDX and WDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The major part of the course deals with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of crystalline materials. The image formation will be described in two steps: first based on geometrical considerations and then using a wave-optical approach. Finally other forms of electron optical instruments for microscopy and microanalysis will be described.


The course is aimed at teaching the students how different electron microscopes work, both in theory and in practise. Therefore the course consists of lectures, lessons and lab sessions.

14 Lectures - Provides the theoretical basis.
6 Lab sessions - Different microscopes and techniques are demonstrated.
2 Free labs - The students run the microscopes with some supervision.
4 Lessons - Some theory parts are illustrated by teaching assistants.


Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, H. Nordén and A. Thölén
Lecture notes, M. Halvarsson
Lectures - Powerpoint, click here >>
Handouts for the laboratory lessons
Problem collection


A four-hour written examination will be given at the end of the course.

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