Nuclear Based Diagnostic Methods (STU)

Nuclear Based Diagnostic Methods (STU)


25.11.2024 – 28.11.2024 (4 working days)


Bratislava, Slovakia


Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU), Slovakia, under the management of the European Nuclear Experimental Educational Platform (ENEEP) and in cooperation with the European Nuclear Educational Network (ENEN)




The objective of this course is to provide a theoretical background and to demonstrate practical experience with selected nuclear-based diagnostic methods for material characterization. The following experimental techniques will be covered: Mössbauer spectroscopy, positron annihilation spectroscopy, gamma spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray fluorescence. The basic principles of the methods will be discussed in the form of lectures and seminars. Then, the acquired knowledge will be practically demonstrated and the participants will perform experimental laboratory work related to the treated topics.

Participants’ qualifications:

The course is aimed at students in master’s degree programs and early Ph.D. students studying nuclear engineering as well as young professionals in this field. The level of the course can be tailored according to the needs of the participants.

Course program:

  • Monday, 25.11.2024
    • Welcome, course opening, pre-test
    • Visit of the laboratories
  • Tuesday, 26.11.2024
    • Laboratory exercise I - Mössbauer spectroscopy
      • introduction to Mössbauer spectrometry measurements
      • data interpretation
    • Laboratory exercise II - Atomic and Magnetic force microscopy
      • image analyses
      • analyses of magnetic recording media
      • uncertainties in ionizing radiation measurement
  • Wednesday, 27.11.2024
    • Laboratory exercise III - Positron annihilation spectroscopy
      • Characterization of radiation effects by conventional technique and slow positron beam
    • Laboratory exercise IV - Gamma spectroscopy
      • introduction to gamma spectroscopy
      • radionuclides identification
      • determination of activity using gamma spectroscopy
      • measurement of uncertainty
  • Thursday, 28.11.2023
    • Laboratory exercise V - X-ray fluorescence
      • basic principles
      • spectrum evaluation
      • quantitative analysis - free choice experiments
    • Take-aways, Post-test, Collection of feedback

Course directors:

Jarmila Degmová (STU)

Contact person:

Jarmila Degmová (STU)

Jakub Lüley (ENEEP)

Course fee, fellowship:

The course fee for self-paying participants is 1,000 € without TAX. The course fee includes course materials, full access to all exercises, and online tutoring before and after the course. The course fee does not include accommodation, per diem, or transportation of the participants.

Participants from ENEN-eligible countries (please see the ENEN2plus mobility manual.) are encouraged to apply for the travel grant covering:

  • Course fee: 500 €
  • Travel lump sum: 350 €
  • Per diem: 350 €

The maximum number of granted participants is 10 and the minimum number of total participants to open a course is 8. In case the number of eligible applications exceeds the maximum number defined for the course, an extra course might be opened.

Application deadline:

May 31, 2024, 23.59 CET

Application Procedure:

To apply to the course, the applicant should fill in the ENEEP APPLICATION FORM and submit the following documents:

  • filled-in application form,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • motivation letter

The ENEEP evaluation committee will inform all applicants about the results of the application procedure by June 20, 2024, at 23.59 CET.

In the next step, the selected participants shall apply for the ENEN2plus MOBILITY GRANT, provided through the ENEN2plus project. The application for the grant should be in line with the conditions stated in the ENEN2plus mobility manual. After meeting the conditions of the mobility manual, the participants selected through the ENEEP application procedure will be automatically granted. The deadline for the ENEN2plus mobility grant is July 12, 2024, at 23.59 CET.


This event has been partially supported by the ENEN2plus project (HORIZON-EURATOM-2021-NRT-01-13 101061677) founded by the European Union