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.

2024S, LU, 4.0h, 4.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • 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. The course period comprises more days than required for its completion. This will allow us to react flexibly to different situations. Starts daily 09:30 at the Atominstitut.



Course dates

Thu12:00 - 12:3007.03.2024 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96664825730?pwd=SkdhcGNmcEl5bGZybm42akF5RzBhQT09 (LIVE)Preliminary Meeting
09:30 - 16:3017.06.2024 - 28.06.2024Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Laboratory Course in Neutron Physics - Single appointments
Thu07.03.202412:00 - 12:30 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96664825730?pwd=SkdhcGNmcEl5bGZybm42akF5RzBhQT09Preliminary Meeting
Mon17.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Tue18.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Wed19.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Thu20.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Fri21.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Mon24.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Tue25.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Wed26.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Thu27.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory Course
Fri28.06.202409:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AI Laboratory 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
06.10.2023 12:00 12.03.2024 12:00 13.03.2024 12:00

Registration modalities

Email: erwin.jericha@tuwien.ac.at

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Anmeldeliste / List of applicants06.10.2023 12:0012.03.2024 12:00
Gruppe 114.03.2024 12:0024.05.2024 12:00
Gruppe 214.03.2024 12:0024.05.2024 12:00


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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