SK3550 X-ray Physics and Applications 6.0 credits

Röntgenfysik och tillämpningar

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is offeredat the same timeasthe courseSK2550

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
  • present your own research topic and its relation to modern x-ray science

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


6 lectures, 6 student seminars, x-ray lab


Admitted to PhD studies in Physics, Biological Physics, or related fields of study.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of the physics of electromagnetic radiation corresponding to SK1120 (Waves, 6 hp) and in basic mathematics (vector analysis, integrals, differential equations) is important. 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


INL1 – homework problems, 3,0 hp, grading: P/F
RED1 – oral presentation, 3,0 hp, grading: P/F

Requirements for final grade

To pass the course you have to pass the homework problems and give an oral presentation about your own research.

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Ulrich Vogt,


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Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.