Credit points: 15

Subject outline

On completion of this subject, students will be able to determine chemical and structural properties of materials using the techniques of optical microscopy, electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence and image analysis. Materials investigated include earth assemblages,(minerals and soils) and technological materials such as semiconductors and integrated circuits.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY1SCA or PHY1SCB or PHY1LSA or PHY1LSB or CHE1BAS or CHE1CHF or CHE1APL or CHE1GEN


Incompatible subjects PHY2IMC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn introduction to X-ray spectrometryRecommendedJenkins, R.HEYDEN, 1974
ReadingsAn introduction to X-ray spectrometry: X-ray fluorescence and electron microprobe analysisRecommendedWilliams, K. LLONDON; BOSTON: ALLEN & UNWIN, 1987
ReadingsComputer-assisted microscopy: the measurement and analysis of imagesRecommendedRuss, J. C.NEW YORK: PLENUM PRESS, 1990
ReadingsElectron probe quantitationRecommendedHeinrich, K.F.J. & Newbury, D. E. (eds)NEW YORK: PLENUM PRESS, 1991
ReadingsElements of X-ray DiffractionRecommendedCullity, B. D.ADDISON-WESLEY. 1977
ReadingsFundamentals of energy dispersive x-ray analysisRecommendedRuss, J. C.BUTTERWORTHS, 1984
ReadingsPrinciples of quantitative X-ray fluorescence analysisRecommendedTertian, R., Claisse, F.HEYDEN, 1982
ReadingsThe image processing handbookRecommendedRuss, J. C.BOCA RATON: CRC PRESS, 1995

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


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