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761673S Electron and ion spectroscopy, 8 ECTS cr 
Code 761673S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Electron and ion spectroscopy  Abbreviation Electron and io 
Scope8 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

8 credits

Language of instruction 



Not every year, first and second period

Learning outcomes 

After passing the course of Electron and Ion spectroscopy students are able to explain the basic concepts of electron spectroscopy. Students recognize the special characters of synchrotron radiation and can explain the basics of measuring the electron and ion spectra. The student can give an example of a calculational method, which she/he can use to interpret the experimental electron spectrum.


The course gives an introduction to the basics of electron and ion spectroscopy research at the department of physics. The main goal is the understanding of the electron structure and its dynamics when atoms or molecules are excited by energetic photon or electron beam. Besides the basic ideas of electron spectroscopy, experimental set ups are described in details. The theoretical methods used in the interpretation of experimental spectra will be overviewed.

The course starts with a general overview to basics nature of electronic states and the transitions involved in spectroscopy. The conventional sources of ionization and the synchrotron radiation (SR) in spectroscopic research will be overviewed. Then the experimental apparatus for electron and ion spectroscopy will be presented and the handling of the data and experimental interpretation is covered.  The course includes two laboratory exercises where the students familiarize to the experimental devices and learn to use datahandling software.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 40 h, exercises 16 h, laboratory exercises 8 h, self-study 149 h

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic knowledges of atomic physics.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously

Recommended or required reading 

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Assessment methods and criteria 

One written examination

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Samuli Urpelainen

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period

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