Master’s studies

Syllabus for Accelerators and Detectors

Acceleratorer och detektorer


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA348
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F, Technology A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2013-05-17
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 44, 2012
  • Entry requirements: Electromagnetic Field Theory and Nuclear Physics or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

A student that has carried out the course should be able to

  • describe how energy and other properties of accelerated particle beams are measured
  • execute calculations of charged particle transport in beam optical system using special magnets
  • calculate how the aims can be achieved by acceleration and guiding of charged particles
  • describe the properties of radiation used for detection and the parameters that affects the precision, efficiency and sensitivity of the measurement
  • describe the common detector types for radiation from charged and neutral particles.
  • execute calibration and basic measurements with radiation detectors.
  • plan and execute an experiment to collect information of a physical problem.
  • analyse and connect measurement results to a physical problem.


Basic properties of different accelerators. Transverse beam dynamics for single particles and systems of particles including calculation tools. Methods for acceleration and diagnostics. Radiation and interaction from charged and neutral particles. Radiation detectors: scintillation detectors and neutron detectors, semiconductor detectors. Experimental methods with accelerator and detectors.

Setting up and carry out an experiment at an accelerator. Both accelerator and detector aspects of the experiment will be studied.


The teaching will be based on Problem Based Learning (PBL).


Hand in exercises and a written mini examination (3 credits), experiment and reporting results (2 credits)

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 05, 2013

  • Knoll, Glenn Frederick Radiation detection and measurement

    3. ed.: New York: Wiley, cop. 2000

    Find in the library