TFY4225 - Nuclear and Radiation Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 20/100
Semester test 20/100 2 hours
Home examination 60/100 4 hours A

Course content

This course describes models for the constituents and properties of nuclei, nuclear reactions and radioactivity, description of various mechanisms for interaction between ionizing radiation and matter, and introduction to radiation dosimetry. The course includes applications such as detection of radiation, analytical methods, nuclear power generation, environmental exposure to ionizing radiation, risk assessment, and radiation protection.

Learning outcome

Knowledge the candidate should have knowledge about:
- Constituents and properties of nuclei, nuclear reactions and accompanying radiations, as well as mechanisms for the interaction of radiation with matter.
- This includes: nuclear models and nuclear properties, nuclear reactions, with emphasis on alpha, beta and gamma radiation related to strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions, mechanisms for the interaction of radiation with matter, radiation dosimetry, biological effects of ionizing radiation, radiation protection, nuclear power, fusion reactions, industrial and medical applications og nuclear methods and ionizing radiation.

Skills the candidate should be able to:
- To find and use relevant tables and data to assess and evaluate the occurrence and effects of nuclear processes and ionizing radiation-
- To calculate radiation doses and evaluate health effects of ionising radiation.
- To acquire spectroscopic data of beta and gamma radioactivity and the radiation’s interaction with matter, using NaI and HPGe detectors combined with computer-based multichannel analysis.

General competence the candidate should be able to:
- To analyse and interpret registered radiation spectra, and communicate the result of such investigations in writing.
- To interpret and present scientific data obtained during the practical work in the laboratory and group work.
- To read and present research literature.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, problem solving, mandatory laboratory assignments and mandatory project work with presentations. Teaching will be in English if students on international master programs are attending the course. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project Work/Presentation
  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes laboratory report (20%), midterm written (digital) exam (20%) and a final written (digital) exam (60%). The results for the parts are given in % scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.
When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

J. Lilley: Nuclear Physics, John Wiley og Sons, 2001. Some supplementary material.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4054 7.5
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 5

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Semester test 20/100

Release 2020-10-13

Submission 2020-10-13

Release 10:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Semester test 20/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Approved report 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 60/100 A

Release 2020-12-15

Submission 2020-12-15

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 60/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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