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1. Course title

 Ion beam scattering techniques for materials characterization

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 530279 Ion Beams in Materials Physics II, 5 op.

3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Materials Research

-Which module does the course belong to?
MATR300 Advanced Studies in Materials Research
optional for

  • Study Track in Experimental Materials Physics
  • Study Track in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?


4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies


5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

Can be taken in the early or later stages of studies.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

Given every second year (even years) in the spring term.


7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr


8. Teacher coordinating the course

Jyrki Räisänen


9. Course learning outcomes

Obtain an outlook on particle detection based ion beam characterization techniques.

10. Course completion methods

Lectures, exercises, method demonstrations with data analysis reports, and final examination.

11. Prerequisites

No prior in-depth learning is required, but the following course would provide useful background information: MATR316 Nuclear Physics I.

12. Recommended optional studies

If you are interested in studying further the topic the course MATR313 Elemental Analysis by Ion Beams is recommended.

13. Course content

I. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS)

-                     Fundamentals

-                     Exercises (solved during lectures)

-                     Examples of use, heavy ion backscattering

-                     Spectrum analysis, use of simulation codes

-                     Practical demo including spectrum analysis

II. Ion Channeling

-                     Fundamentals

-                     Exercises

-                     Practical demo

III. Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA)

-                     Fundamentals

-                     Exercises

-                     Use of ERDA

-                     Spectrum analysis, use of simulation codes

-                     Practical demo including spectrum analysis

14. Recommended and required literature

Lecture notes.

Supplementary reading: Handbook of Modern Ion Beam Materials Analysis, Editors Y. Wang and M. Nastasi, MRS, 2009.

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Weekly lectures including several exercises (individual work). Practical demonstrations of the covered techniques comprising data analysis as individual work (with short report).

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

The final grade is based on an examination.

17. Teaching language


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