Master’s Programme in Geology and Geophysics is responsible for the course.
- Geochemistry and Geoenvironments course package (study track in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology)
- Other courses course package (study track in Palaeontology and Global Change)
- Analytical methods course package (study track in Petrology and Economic Geology)
The course is not available to students from other degree programmes.
B.Sc. in geology
The student will understand the working principles of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRFS) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) methods in geological applications. The student knows and can independently use the sample preparation and X-ray laboratory instruments in his/her own reseach. The student knows how to formulate publishable results from own data derived from X-ray methods.
The recommended time for completion is in the first year of MSc studies.
The course is offered every year in period III.
The lectures involve generation of X-ray spectrum, X-ray interaction with matter, instrument theory of X-ray fluorescence spectrometers (XRFS) and X-ray powder diffractometers (XRPD), measurement techniques, analysis and treating the results into a publishable form. In the laboratory practicals, rock samples chosen by the student are treated into the form needed in the XRFS and XRPD measurements, including crushing, powderizing, and fusing with good laboratory practices. The report written by the student acts as a practice for treating self-studied results into a scientific article format that will be evaluated with individual feedback at the end of the course.
Hammond, C. 1997. The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction
Lectures, labs, article writing
The research report content is evaluated from the points of X-ray method theory and article structure (text, figures, tables, results).
NOTE: The course will be confirmed later, planned timing is period 3!
A scientific-article-shaped report from the results of the materials studied in the laboratory demonstrations, including a summary of the instrument theory