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 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. You will develop data analysis skills and apply them to real world data from synchrotron experiments.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesPHY1SCB AND PHY2MOD


Incompatible subjectsPHY5SYA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse, visualise and solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to synchrotron science and technology.
02. Critically review and analyse research data and interpret the results with reference to the scientific literature.
03. Design and interpret simulation experiments for synchrotron radiation sources, beamline optics and experiments.
04. Apply an understanding of the how synchrotron radiation may be used to address scientific questions.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 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.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 11 - 20
One 4.00 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester written exam (2000 word equiv)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Three written individual assignments (2000 word equiv in total) Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical and computational analysis.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Six online quizzes (500 word equiv in total)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2