Synchroton Physics
Prof. Alexander Moewes











This course aims at undergraduate students who have interest in acquiring working

knowledge of synchroton-based hard and soft x-ray techniques to study chemical
speciation and atomic and electronic structure of condensed matter. Students who may
benefit from the course include those with background in physics, material science,
chemistry, geological science, or chemical engineering.


This course will introduce students to the basic forms of photon and electron
spectroscopy,  focusing on methods frequently used for the analysis of materials. The
course material will cover the physical basis of these methods, representative examples of
chemical applications, and an overview of new developments. Essay and presentation
assignments will be used to address specific methods in greater depth, with the
opportunity to explore new methods of relevance to the student's research project.
   1. Develop fundamental understanding of the complex problem of interaction of
        radiation and matter.
   2. Studying state of the art examples of soft x-ray spectroscopy research
        ((N)EXAFS, XANES,ARPES,PES, XES, RIXS). The students will particularily
        learn which physical or chemical properties are probed with each spectroscopy
   3. Developing sensitivity for the problems in spectroscopy both, experimentally and
   4. Detectors for photons and photoelectrons.


A single final exam will be given. There will be no midterm exams. The final grade will

be calculated from the partial grades of all assignments (50%) and the final exam (50%).


Course Objectives




Course Outline