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766682S Synchrotron radiation techniques and applications, 10 ECTS cr 
Code 766682S  Validity 01.01.2018 -
Name Synchrotron radiation techniques and applications  Abbreviation Synchrotron rad 
Scope10 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Lauri Hautala 

ECTS Credits 

10 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



During masters or PhD degree studies. Not lectured every year.

Learning outcomes 

- Student can name the principal working components of a modern synchrotron radiation facility and can
explain briefly their function.
- Student understands the basic properties of synchrotron radiation and how it possibly differs from
radiation generated with other means.
- Student can explain the basic mechanisms behind scattering, spectroscopic and imaging techniques on a
qualitative level used at synchrotrons.
- Student can name an application of a specific synchrotron radiation technique.


The course consists of two parts. In the first and somewhat shorter part of the course a brief introduction
to synchrotron light sources, light matter interaction, synchrotron radiation generation and its properties is
given. After this background information, several experimental techniques benefitting from synchrotron
radiation are presented. The techniques are loosely classified as scattering, spectroscopic or imaging
methods. Application examples of the presented techniques are provided ranging for example from
biomedicine, archeology and petrochemical industry to materials science, biology and computer

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

50 h of lectures, 24 h of exercises, 193 h of self-study

Target group 

Students/researchers in various fields of science (e.g. physics, chemistry, biomedicine, biology, materials
science) interested in learning about what possibilities synchrotron radiation has to offer.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

None, although a good grasp of basic physics helps.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

The course is based on the following book which is used as the only reading material:
An introduction to synchrotron radiation physics: Techniques and applications, Philip Willmott, John
Wiley & Sons, (2011).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Two written intermediate examinations or one final examination.


Numerical grading scale 0 - 5, where 0 = fail.

Person responsible 

Lauri Hautala

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period.

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