SK2551 X-ray physics and applications 7.5 credits
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.
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Content and learning outcomes
Basic knowledge of X-rays: X-ray interaction with matter, X-ray sources (including synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers), X-ray optics, X-ray detectors, X-ray coherence.
X-ray applications: X-ray microscopy, X-ray diffraction, medical imaging, X-ray fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy, coherent diffraction imaging.
Intended learning outcomes
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
- calculate X-ray scattering properties for different materials
- explain different X-ray sources, X-ray optics and X-ray detectors
- perform a basic experiment with X-rays
- evaluate and justify analysis methods that use X-rays
Literature and preparations
Completed degree project at the undergraduate level in technical physics or medical technology.
English B / English 6
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- HEM1 - Home assigments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- SEM1 - Seminars, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Oral exam, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
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