Course Syllabus for

PIXE - Theory and Applications
PIXE - teori och tillämpningar

FKF025F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2016
Decided by: Rektor Viktor Öwall
Date of establishment: 2016-06-21

General Information

Division: Nuclear Physics
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


Give students an introduction to and experience of the capacity of the PIXE technique and its applications in different fields. In addition and especially for students working with ion beam methods to give a deeper understanding and knowledge about the principles behind and the limitations of the PIXE technique.


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 search scientific information that is relevant for writing a report within the field of the course.

Course Contents

PIXE theory; generation of characteristic X-rays by MeV ions, cross-sections, mechanisms of (spectral) background production, X-ray transmission and matrix composition, spectrum deconvolution and sample quantification, beam current measurements. Applications of PIXE within e.g. biology, medicine, atmospheric and environmental research, geo-science/ material, archaeology. Calibration of a PIXE-setup by finding and using fundamental parameters. The course is given in two modes; in the first PIXE theory and practice will be presented as lectures, in the second mode the students present different applications of their own interest and choice.

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Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, exercises, project. The theory is discussed in lectures presented by senior scientists and the PhD students themselves. Computer and laboratory exercises are performed at the accelerator laboratory Lund Ion Beam Analysis Facility (LIBAF).

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, seminars given by participants. Written exam after having given a seminar.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Atomic and Nuclear Physics on an introductory level, e.g. FAFF10

Further Information

The course will be given in English, if required.

Course Occasion Information

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