phy3syn synchrotron science




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will study the design, underlying physical principles, operation and applications of modern synchrotron light sources. Specifically, this subject will include an introduction to the production and properties of synchrotron light, storage ring systems found in modern synchrotron facilities, and the design and function of insertion devices, monochromators, X-ray optics and beam lines. A wide range of synchrotron-based experimental techniques and their applications will be explored including spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging techniques, diffraction and crystallography. Together with PHY2MOD, PHY2MAC, PHY3NMF and PHY3LAB, this combination will bring together discipline based knowledge and skills which will prepare students for a career in nanotechnology related industry, or for honours and post-graduate research studies in physical sciences.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY1SCB or approval from the subject coordinator.


Incompatible subjects PHY2SYN, PHY5SYA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse, visualise and solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to synchrotron science and technology.

Concepts and problem-solving techniques are introduced on-line and modelled in lectures where solutions to selected problems are derived. Students are assigned a set of conceptual and mathematical problems to solve in the form of four assignments.

02. Critically review and analyse research data and interpret the results with reference to the scientific literature in order to develop appropriate conclusions and convey these in a written report.

Students prepare an individual report in the style of a professional research journal article which accurately and ethically describes the experiment, its findings and draws appropriate conclusions. Students are provided with a template on which to base their report.

03. Design and perform experiments using synchrotron techniques, equipment and software which produce conclusive and accurate results.

Students conduct, in groups, two extended laboratory experiments of five hours duration each in close consultation with a staff demonstrator, who assists them in the design and conduct of the experiment.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Laboratory includes both computational and experimental activities."

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 11 - 20
One 4.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester written exam (2000 word equiv)4001, 02
Three written individual assignments (2000 word equiv in total)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical and computational analysis.4501, 02, 03
Six online quizzes (500 word equiv in total)1501, 02