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-ordinatorChanh Tran

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the following course codes PSMSC or SMNT or SZHSN or SZHSNT, or approval of postgraduate course 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, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChanh Tran

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 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 Class Week: 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 01
1 practical laboratory report20 01
3 written assignments60 01