Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will be introduced to the optics and applications of X-rays, with an emphasis on imaging and synchrotron-source related applications. The major topics that you will encounter 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. You will develop advanced problem-solving skills within the weekly problem-solving classes, whereby sophisticated techniques will be modelled in solving practical and computational problems in X-ray physics.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChanh Tran

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Coherent X-ray Optics

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorPaganin, D.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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. Critically analyse, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of practical and analytical activities related to the area of X-ray physics.
02. Generate and transmit solutions to complex problems related to X-ray physics.
03. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others in the area of X-ray physics.
04. Critically evaluate the current relevant peer reviewed literature

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChanh Tran

Class requirements

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.

Problem Based LearningWeek: 11 - 21
One 3.00 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
The equivalent of 36 hours of laboratory/workshops or similar per semester.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 10-minute oral presentation (800 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO3, SILO4
1 practical laboratory report (1100 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
Three individual written assignments (3600 word equiv. in total)N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2