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PHY2314H F specializedSpecial Topics in Condensed Matter Physics II – Modern X-ray Physics

Course Title PHY2314H F specialized
Session fall
Year of Study 1st year
Time and Location Time: W 10-12
Location: MP 1115

Young-June  Kim (coordinator)


Official Description


An X-ray has become an indispensable part of modern materials research. In particular, the development of synchrotron sources and x-ray free electron lasers in recent years has completely changed the realm of possibility for the application of x-rays. This course will give an overview of x-ray interaction with matter, and explore various x-ray scattering and spectroscopy tools available for researchers in physics, chemistry and materials science.


·         X-rays and their interaction with matter

·         Kinematical Scattering

·         X-ray reflectivity

·         X-ray imaging

·         Photoelectric Absorption (XAS, XES, XANES, EXAFS, etc.)

·         Resonant Scattering

·         Inelastic Scattering and RIXS

Prerequisite: Undergraduate level quantum mechanics
Textbook J. Als-Nielsen and Des McMorrow, “Elements of Modern X-ray Physics 2nd Ed.” (Wiley, 2011)