Engineering Materials Science using Neutrons and Synchrotron X-rays at KTH and Chalmers

Course Code:              GSn_008
English Course Title: Engineering Materials Science using Neutrons and Synchrotron X-rays
Svenskt Kursnamn:   Neutron och synkrotronkarakterisering för materialteknik
Credits:                        5 hp

Educational Level:     Third Cycle
Subject Area:              Neutron Scattering
Grade Scale:                Pass/Fail

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Last registration date is May 8!

Learning Outcomes
After completing the course, the student should have

  • Understanding of working principles of the presented neutron and synchrotron techniques
  • Knowledge of the general data acquisition procedures, preliminary data analysis and main error sources
  • Understanding of the uniqueness and limitation of these neutron and synchrotron techniques in comparison with other complementary techniques  
  • General knowledge of how these techniques can be applied to engineering materials and problems

Course Main Content
The course deals with the following applications of scattering techniques in the field of engineering materials science: Phase and texture analysis by neutron and synchrotron x-ray diffraction, Residual stress determination by neutron and synchrotron x-ray diffraction, Neutron and synchrotron x-ray small angle scattering and imaging for engineering materials.

The related neutron and synchrotron techniques will be presented with focus on the working principle, instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, and application examples related to engineering materials and problems. 

The course consists of lectures, practical measurements at PETRA III P21.2, practical data analysis exercises, and assignments.

Preliminary schedule








May 20

Diffraction: phase and texture

KTH and online

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

May 21

Diffraction: residual stress

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Lecture 5


May 22

Diffraction: residual stress; and SAS

Lecture 6

Lecture 7

Lecture 8

Lecture 9

May 23


Lecture 10

Lecture 11

June 3

Practical Diffraction


Diffraction measurements for phases and texture

Diffraction measurements for residual stress  

June 4

Practical SAS/imaging

SAS measurements

Imaging measurements

June 5

Practical data analysis

Diffraction data analysis

SAS/imaging data analysis

Teaching Language: English


Primary:        PhD students in activities related to SwedNess, CeXS, NEXT
Secondary:    Other PhD students at Swedish/Nordic institutions
Prior knowledge in powder diffraction is useful.


  • Course book: Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science from Fundamentals to Applications, by Peter Staron, Andreas Schreyer, Helmut Clemens, and Svea Mayer. 2nd Ed. WILEY-VCH, Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2017
  • Suggested books for further reading:
    • Residual Stress Measurement by Diffraction and Interpretation by I.C. Noyan and J. B. Cohen, Springer – Verlag
    • Introduction to texture analysis
  • Selected articles

Peter Hedström, KTH
Magnus Hörnqvist Colliander, CTH
Invited lecturers

Hand-in assignments
Lab reports

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

Requirements for final grade
Approved assignments and lab reports

5 credits for participation in all parts and completion of all the course work.

Contact and examiner
Peter Hedström,

Last modified: 2024-04-02