phy4xry x ray science




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The optics and applications of x-rays are introduced. Emphasis is placed on imaging and synchrotron-source related applications. The major topics covered include: Propagation of x-rays in free space; Partially coherent fields; Interactions of x-rays with matter; X-ray sources; X-ray optics; and Synchrotron based applications of x-rays. In particular, the production of x-rays and the properties of x-ray light from a synchrotron source are examined. In addition the principal of operation and some of the practical issues relating to the optical manipulation of x-rays using diffractive, refractive and reflective optics are discussed. The course makes use of the Australian Synchrotron as an example and, scheduling permitting, will involve a visit to it and interaction with beamline staff.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Acceptance into an honours or masters program (PSMSC) or (SMNT) or (SZHSN) in the Department of Physics, or approval of Department of Physics postgraduate co-ordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCoherent X-ray OpticsPrescribedD. PaganinOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2006

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. TBA


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory ClassWeek: 11 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The equivalent of 36 hours of laboratory/workshops or similar per semester."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1 oral presentation20
1 practical laboratory report20
3 written assignments60