141.A78 Laboratory Course in Neutron Physics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, LU, 4.0h, 4.0EC, to be held in blocked form
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  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: LU Laboratory Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to prepare not too complex experiment in neutron physics, to carry them out independently, to analyse the measurement data thereby obtained and to interpret the following results. They possess necessary awareness in working with neutron beams, how to manipulate them and the requirements for their detection. They understand by means of selected examples the interaction of neutrons with condensed matter and resulting techniques like neutron imaging, polarised neutron beams and excitation of atomic nuclei after neutron capture. They are capable of starting to work through specialised literature and to specifically employ neutrons in subsequent research projects.

Subject of course

Experiments with imaging methods - neutron radiography and tomography, quantum mechanical states of the neutrons, determination of the neutron magnetic moment, fundamentals of neutron detection, thermal and epithermal neutron flux, concepts and application of neutron activation, experiments for structure determination by neutron diffraction, polarised neutrons.

Teaching methods

The laboratroy course consists of short introductory lectures for each of the experiments and the rearch area where it belongs to. Particular emphasis is on experiments with neutron at various instruments at the TRIGA Mark II reactor of the Atominstitut as well as at a special installation containing a laboratory neutron source. A comprehensive introduction of the components of each instrument at its location in the reactor hall is followed by independently carried out experiments - comprising the complete procedure from aligning the sample, the actual data acquisition and the interpretation of the obtained results. Documenting these steps by a protocol for each of the performed experiments is basis for faultless experimentation and functions as preparation for subsequently writing individual academic work.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Course takes place in blocked mode. Period: see "Course dates" below. Starts daily 09:30 at the Atominstitut.




Course dates

Thu12:00 - 12:1506.10.2022 Zoom Meeting: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96664825730?pwd=SkdhcGNmcEl5bGZybm42akF5RzBhQT09 (LIVE)Preliminary Meeting
09:30 - 16:0030.01.2023 - 10.02.2023 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Laboratory Course in Neutron Physics - Single appointments
Thu06.10.202212:00 - 12:15 Zoom Meeting: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96664825730?pwd=SkdhcGNmcEl5bGZybm42akF5RzBhQT09Preliminary Meeting
Mon30.01.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Tue31.01.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Wed01.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Thu02.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Fri03.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Mon06.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Tue07.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Wed08.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Thu09.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Fri10.02.202309:30 - 16:00 AtominstitutLaboratory Course
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Students work in one or several working groups and write a protocol for each experiment they performed. These protocols are collected in a single document which acts as a protocol for the laboratory course. This comprehensive document provides the basis for evaluation.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
27.06.2022 12:00 12.10.2022 12:00 12.10.2022 18:00

Registration modalities

email to erwin.jericha@tuwien.ac.at

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Anmeldeliste / List of applicants27.06.2022 12:0012.10.2022 12:00
Gruppe 130.01.2023 09:0001.02.2023 15:00
Gruppe 230.01.2023 09:0001.02.2023 15:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 460 Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering Not specified
066 460 Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering Not specified
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.


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