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Introduction to synchrotron science (6 points)


Leader: Professor Rob Lewis

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: Synchrotron radiation is an "enabling technology" which is an integral part of the design and characterization of advanced materials, such as semiconductors, nanostructures and biomaterials. This unit is designed to expose students to the fundamentals of synchrotron science, with an emphasis on applications in materials science, nanotechnology and the chemical and physical sciences, both in terms of using a synchrotron facility for fundamental and applied research, as well as a routine measurement tool. Specific topics will include: elements of modern X-ray physics, how X-rays interact with matter, production of synchrotron radiation, major characteristics of synchrotron radiation sources, X-ray and synchrotron optics, diffraction by perfect crystals, and from ordered and disordered media, applications of synchrotron radiation to modern diffraction and imaging techniques, trace element analysis, structural biology, materials science, EXAFS, X-ray microscopy, infra-red and soft X-ray spectroscopy, surface diffraction and secondary electrons emission. Case studies in the characterization of advanced materials (e.g., ceramics, alloys and nanostructures), phase contrast imaging, X-ray lithography, LIGA and microanalysis will be used to illustrate multifarious aspects of synchrotron science.

Assessment: Assignments (20%), examination (30%), laboratory exercises (10%), 2 case studies (40%).

Contact Hours: 72 hours of self-directed study, 16 hours residential workshop, 50 hours of case studies, and 6 hours of laboratory exercisies.

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