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Course content

The course consists of one moment of 7.5 credits.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course students shall possess basic knowledge of:


  • How photons and neutrons are produced for scientitic use.
  • Linear accelerators and synchrotron accelerators for the acceleration of electrons and protons.
  • Beamlines for photons, including sub-systems like for example the monochromator, optical system and detectors.
  • Neutron guides and the target stations of accelerator based neutron sources including the different sub-systems like for example the detectors.
  • Conventional light sources and reactor based neutron sources.
  • Current research methods, with their applications in natural sciences, medicine and technology, based on synchrotron radiation and neutrons.

After completion of the course, participants should be able to:


  • Describe and explain the working principles of a linear accelerator and a synchrotron accelerator to a non-expert audience.
  • Describe how photons and neutrons are produced with accelerators and further led to the experiments to a non-expert audience.
  • Describe other photon and neutron sources and related (nuclear) reactions to a non-expert audience.
  • Discuss the use of photons and neutrons within research, medicine and industry through examples.
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