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. Students are also provided with a simple research problem solvable by computational methods, and are expected to solve it individually, in consultation with demonstrators. The approach and results are summarised in a written report. This subject is available to postgraduate students as part of a group of electives which deepen their knowledge of physics and introduce research-related skills.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Approval from the Department of Physics adviser of studies.


Incompatible subjects PHY2IMC, PHY2IMG

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.L.LONDON; 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.


Assessment elementComments%
One 3-hour end-of-semester exam75
Report on research problem (3000 words)10
Three lab reports and oral interview (2%). Teamwork assessed by observation during lab sessions (1%)15