Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will review the key components of modern synchrotron light sources, including their design, under lying physical principles, operation and applications. You will be introduced to the production and properties of synchrotron light, storage ringĀ  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. You will develop data analysis skills and apply them to real world data from synchrotron experiments.

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 and PHY2MOD


Incompatible subjects 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 as part of quizzes and one assignment.

02. Critically review and analyse research data and interpret the results with reference to the scientific literature.

Students prepare a scientific report that describes the results drawn from the analysis of experimental data and from published research data using methods introduced during workshops.

03. Design and interpret simulation experiments for synchrotron radiation sources, beamline optics and experiments.

Students prepare an individual report that summarises their finding from investigation of the property of radiation sources, optics and common experiments using simulation experiments undertaken in student groups in close consultation with teaching staff.

04. Apply an understanding of the how synchrotron radiation may be used to address scientific questions.

Students prepare a detailed proposal for a synchrotron experiment that addresses a chosen scientific question. The proposal addresses of issues technical feasibility, scientific importance and the particular properties of synchrotron radiation that are relevant to the proposed experiment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 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 Class Week: 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 Class Week: 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*
2-hour end of semester written exam (2000 word equiv)40 01, 02, 04
Three written individual assignments (2000 word equiv in total)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical and computational analysis.45 01, 02, 03, 04
Six online quizzes (500 word equiv in total)15 01, 02