SK2550 X-ray Physics and Applications 6.0 credits

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Since their discovery in 1895, x-rays have become an invaluable tool for probing the structure of matter, and the use of x-ray radiation in science and industry is still growing. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of materials and methods in modern x-ray physics. Important issues are x-ray optical properties of different materials, x-ray optics and detectors, present and future x-ray sources and x-ray analytical methods.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 19 SAP for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (6.0 credits)

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  • Number of places *

    Max. 5

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Schedule

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  • Course responsible

    Ulrich Vogt <>

  • Teacher

    Ulrich Vogt <>

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Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to:

  • describe the x-ray optical properties of materials for different x-ray energies on the basis of the general laws of x-ray radiation interaction with matter
  • explain different possibilities to generate x-ray radiation
  • explain the working principle of different x-ray optics on the basis of their material x-ray optical properties
  • apply the knowledge on x-ray sources and optics to explain experimental arrangements in the field of modern x-ray physics
  • apply the knowledge on x-ray interaction with matter to explain different types of analytical methods that use x-ray radiation as a probe
  • give an oral presentation about a scientific topic and explain the physical background in a small discussion.

Course main content

Part 1: X-ray basics

X-ray interaction with matter, X-ray sources, X-ray optics, X-ray detectors

Part 2: Application examples and special topics

To be chosen by the course participants (see website)


Recommended prerequisites: The course is designed for final year students (F4), Master and PhD-students. Knowledge of the physics of electromagnetic radiation corresponding to SK1120 (Waves, 6 hp) and in basic mathematics (vector analysis, integrals, differential equations) is a prerequisite. Moreover, knowledge in optics corresponding to SK2300 (Optical Physics, 6 hp) is of advantage.


David Attwood, Soft X-ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation, Cambridge University Press (the edition used will be announced on the course homepage at least four weeks prior to start of the course).


  • INLA - Home Assignment, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • REDA - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

The course is examined by home assignments (INLA, 3 hp, grading P/F) and an oral presentation and examination (REDA, 3 hp, grading A-F). A successful oral presentation will lead to the lowest grade E, while this grade can be improved by a voluntary oral examination.

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics


Ulrich Vogt (


Ulrich Vogt <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2012.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2012.