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766645S Cluster Physics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 766645S  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Cluster Physics  Abbreviation Cluster Physics 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



Lectures not given every year. 4th period

Learning outcomes 

After the course students can explain what is a (molecular) cluster and are able to describe various formation mechanisms of clusters. Students are able to provide examples of experimental methods on producing various type of clusters. Students will also learn to present the principles of data handling and information evaluation from experiments.


The scope of the course in theoretical and experimental methods of studying the properties, formation mechanisms and dynamics of clusters. Different cluster sources and spectroscopy, thermodynamics, and phase transitions of clusters are discussed. The course includes demonstrations where students are familiarized with measurement setups.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures, exercises, groupworks, self study

Target group 

Physics students

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

761314A Thermal physics or equivalent

Recommended optional programme components 

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

Recommended or required reading 

Klavs Hansen, Statistical Physics of Nanoparticles in the Gas Phase, Springer, 2018.

Lecture notes.

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 

Jussi Malila

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


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