Course Syllabus for

Nuclear Reactor Physics

FKFN10F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2013
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2013-03-03

General Information

Division: Nuclear Physics
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course codes: FKFN10, FYST44
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


The aim of the course is to give deeper knowledge in nuclear reactor physics. The course shall give knowledge on the construction and function of modern reactors, theory of neutron physics, core design and fuel optimization. The course will focus on radiation protection and instrumentation for monitoring neutrons and emissions of radioactive gases and particles. It will also introduce safety and risk evaluation for large and complex facilities. The overall aim is to put light and focus on issues that are relevant within (industrial) reactor technology and fuel processing.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to individually find scientific and technical information that is relevant to be able to analyze an issue or problem related to reactor physics/ technology.

Course Contents

The course is focused on following topics within nuclear reactor technology: •Neutron physics and neutron scattering with relevance for reactor physics - tutorials and projects •Theory of fission reactors, core design, reactor dynamics and fuel optimization – tutorials, laboration and study visits •Radiation monitoring and instrumentation for neutron monitoring. Monitoring and analyses of emissions of radioactive particles and gases. An introduction to safety and risk analyses for large complex facilities. Lectures, written paper and seminar

Course Literature

Lamarsh, J.R. & Baratta, A.J.: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering. Prentice-Hall, 2001. ISBN 0201824981.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, exercises, project, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. In order to pass the course the student is required to have completed laboratory exercises, projects and paper writing, and also to have participated actively in lectures, tutorials and seminars. As an alternative, a written examination (pass/fail) can be arranged for a student not taking active part in seminars or tutorials. The final grade is weighted average of the laboratory exercises, project part and written paper.
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Professor emeritus Jan Pallon

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications, FKFN01 Applied Subatomic Physics.

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2013-03-19. Start date is approximate.
Course pace: 25% of full time

Application Information

Register to course responsible! Introductory meeting the 19th of March 2013 at 10:15 in room B113 at the Pysics Dept.

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinators:

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