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Master's programme in Physics - X-ray and Neutron Science

2 years · 120 credits

X-ray and neutron beams have special properties for studying a wide range of topics such as fundamental physics, biology and geology. In this world-unique program you will learn about the creation and use of such beams. The education has a special emphasis on research at the world-leading X-ray and neutron research facilities MAX IV and ESS in Lund, where many of the degree projects are conducted together with PhD students and researchers. Both the underlying physical mechanisms as well as advanced methods to study for instance magnetism, catalysis and proteins are discussed.

The use of X-rays and neutrons in basic and advanced physics has expanded enormously the last decades, due to their exceptional properties, and Lund hosts two of the world’s best facilities: The world’s first 4th generation synchrotron radiation X-ray source, the MAX IV Laboratory, and the neutron facility European Spallation Source (ESS). In this world-unique MSc program, you will study the entire chain of X-ray and neutron science: from the creation of X-ray and neutron beams, to the fundamental physics of the interaction of such beams with matter, and their application in advanced measurement methods.

You will learn how X-rays can be used to understand materials, catalysis and crystal growth by spectroscopy, diffraction and microscopy, and how neutrons can be used to understand proteins, superconductivity and magnetism. You will also learn about the advanced electron and proton accelerators that are needed for the generation of X-rays and neutrons. Since these probes are used in a wide range of fields, from archeology to medicine, many research projects are interdisciplinary. The Master’s programme is flexible and interdisciplinary, with a clear foundation in physics, and it is possible to combine theoretical or computational studies with experimental approaches.

List of courses included in the Master's programme in Physics - X-ray and Neutron Science

As a Master's student you will become part of a vibrant research community, engaged in cutting-edge experimental and theoretical studies of problems in materials science, quantum physics and biology. The programme includes a Master's project carried out within one of the research groups. The close proximity to large-scale facilities and excellent materials science research groups provides excellent opportunities for inspiring Master’s thesis research projects.

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