The Antimatter and Nuclear Engineering group promotes a few courses and offers positions and subjects for theses.

Courses on nuclear engineering

The courses related with nuclear engineering are lectured in Finnish. For an English alternative, please contact Professor Filip Tuomisto.

Introduction to nuclear energy technology

The course is intended for students minoring in energy sciences. It is lectured every spring. The course has three main parts: current, generation II and generation III nuclear reactors, future generation IV fission reactors and fusion reactors. The contents are basics of nuclear physics and technology, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear waste management, safety and nuclear specific issues. Fusion reactor concepts, basics of fusion physics and material issues are also covered. The course is lectured in Finnish.

Introduction to reactor physics

The course is lectured every autumn. It gives an overall view of nuclear energy, reactors and power plants and an introduction to neutron physics, nuclear reactor theory, reactor kinetics, heat removal, thermal hydraulics, fuel cycles, nuclear waste management and safety viewpoints. The mathematics and physics courses of the first two years are adequate prerequisites. The course is lectured in Finnish.

Advanced course in nuclear engineering

The course is lectured every spring and concentrates on neutron physics. The course introduces a computational chain that can be used to model nuclear reactors. The course covers transport theory, Monte Carlo method, burnup calculation (Bateman equations) and diffusion theory as well as elementary heat transfer and thermal hydraulics. Applications of the computational chain are demonstrated.

Radiation physics and safety

The subject of the course is radiation, its interactions with matter and its health effects. The emphasis is on the ionizing radiation, its risks and their mitigation. The concept of risk is studied in connection with radiation and nuclear safety. The course includes laboratory exercises on sealed sources and X-ray equipment and gives a possibility to obtain a licence to use them in research and industry. For the licence adequate knowledge of the Finnish regulations on radiation and nuclear safety is required.

Solid-state and materials physics

Members of the group also contribute in teaching courses on solid-state and materials physics.

Laboratory courses

The group actively participates in organizing and developing the laboratory courses on Engineering Physics. These courses give hands-on experience of research work that is welcome among the theoretical physics courses.

Laboratory course on engineering physics

One of the exercises on this BSc-level course is titled "Positron measurements in semiconductors". The goal of this assignment is to familiarize oneself with the equipment used in a positron
lifetime measurement, studying vacancies with positrons and the physics of vacancy defects in GaN samples.

Advanced physics laboratory

One of the exercises on this MSc-level course is titled "Semiconductor studies with positrons". The goal of this assignment is to dig deeper into semiconductor characterization utilizing positron spectroscopy.


The Antimatter and Nuclear Engineering group offers a wide range of subjects for bachelor’s theses, special assignments and master’s theses. Many of our theses are written at the organizations in this field (VTT, Fortum, STUK, TVO) or instructed by their expert personnel.

For further information, please contact Professor Filip Tuomisto.


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