Online course: Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free Electron Lasers – Free

About the course
Are you interested in investigating materials and their properties with unsurpassed accuracy and fidelity? Synchrotrons and XFELs (X-ray free-electron lasers) are considered to be Science’s premier microscopic tools. They’re used in scientific disciplines as diverse as molecular biology, environmental science, cultural heritage, catalytical chemistry, and studies of the electronic properties of novel materials – to name but a few examples.

This course provides valuable insights into this broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, from the generation of x-rays – via a description of the machines that produce intense x-ray sources – to modern experiments performed using these facilities.


What you’ll learn

  • What x-rays are and how are they produced
  • Interactions of x-rays with matter
  • Synchrotron and XFEL facilities
  • Scattering techniques such as diffraction and SAXS
  • Spectroscopic techniques
  • Imaging using x-rays


Practical details

  • Length and effort: 10 weeks, 2 to 3 hours per week
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites: 1st-year undergraduate mathematical concepts
  • Institution: EPFLx, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
  • Course syllabus: Check the course website
  • Instructor: Philip Willmott
  • Language: English
  • Price: Free

To know more about the course please visit the course website.

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