phy4xry x ray science




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The optics and applications of x-rays are introduced. Emphas 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-ordinatorBrian Abbey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: SHS, SZHSMN, SZHSN, SMNT or PSMSC.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCoherent X-ray OpticsPrescribedPaganin, D., 2006OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of practical and analytical activities related to the area of X-ray physics.

Advanced conceptual and analytical skills related to X-ray physics will be presented in lectures and laboratories. Students will solve complex x-ray problems and answer short essay questions. Students will critically evaluate a journal article of their choice.

02. Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems related to X-ray physics.

Advanced problem solving techniques are modeled in lectures. Student will use these techniques to solve practical and computational problems in X-ray physics requiring sophisticated application of the techniques.

03. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others in the area of X-ray physics.

The communication of solutions to advanced complex problems in X-ray physics will be addressed in lectures enabling students to provide clear and well thought out solutions. Students will complete written assignments, a lab report and oral presentation as part of the journal seminar.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrian Abbey

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: 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*
One 10 minute oral presentation (500 word equiv)2003
1 practical laboratory report (1200 word equiv)2001, 02
Three individual written assignments (3600 word equiv. in total)6001, 02