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master degree course in PHYSICS – FISICA

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Synchrotron Radiation: basics and applications
Experimental and Applied Studies (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: FIS/01 CFU: 6
Teachers: Sergio D'ADDATO
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language English
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Knowledge and understanding:
The course aims at obtaining knowledge of the principle of working of synchrotrons, beamlines and synchrotron radiation based experiental techniques.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
After the course, the student should know the principles of operation of synchrotron, beamlines and synchrotron radiation based technique and to apply this knowledge during possible stages and experiments

Making judgments:
After the course, the student should be able to evaluate critically experimental results obtained with some synchotron radiation based techniques.

Communicating skills:
The student will be able to discuss properly the problems relevant to experiments using some synchrotron radiation techniques.

Learning skills:
The student will be able to learn new developments in some synchrotron radiation techniques. The use of english textbooks should stimulate the learning skills and to go in deep in subjects connected with the ones presented in the lectures.

Admission requirements

Knowledge of electromagnetism and of quantum physics.

Course contents

Characteristics of synchrotron radiation. Basic working principles of accelerators, storage rings and fee electron lasers. Insertion devices. Examples of synchrotron radiation beam lines. Monochromators and VUV-X ray optics. Experimental stations: examples. Review of experimental techniques:XAS, XRD, PES, GISAXS. Time-resolved techniques.

Teaching methods

Oral lectures with slide and audio-video presentations.

Assessment methods

Oral exam.

Learning outcomes

The student will acquire basic knowledge of instrumentation and techniques which may be useful for participation to stages and experiments as synchrotron radiation users.


Handbook of Synchrotron Radiation, voll. 1-2, Noth Holland.
Philip WIllmott, "An introduction to st=ynchrotron radiation: techniques and applications", Wiley.
S. Mobilio, F. Boscherini, C. Meneghini (eds.) "Synchrotron radiation: basics, methods and applications", Springer.