Modern X-Ray Physics
Module version of WS 2017/8
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2020/1||SS 2020||WS 2019/20||SS 2019||WS 2018/9||SS 2018||WS 2017/8||SS 2017||WS 2013/4|
PH2182 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Focus Area Imaging in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||40 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2182 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Klaus Achterhold.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This course introduces basic concepts of Modern X-ray Physics using synchrotron radiation but also modern laboratory based X-ray sources.
The focus is on imaging applications.
The Basics: X-ray sources and instrumentation
X-ray interaction with matter
X-ray optics and beamlines
Applications: Imaging with X-rays
absorption-based imaging and computed tomography
X-rays as waves: propagation and coherence
X-ray phase-contrast imaging
X-ray microscopy and coherent diffractive imaging.
Upon successful completion of the module the students understand the diversity of X-ray interactions with matter. They will be able to judge if a beamline from X-ray source, through optics to detector will allow a successful experiment for a special scientific problem. The students will be able to analyze and interpret the data ranging from spectroscopy to the newest imaging modalities.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Modern X-Ray Physics||Achterhold, K. Dierolf, M.||
Tue, 10:00–12:00, PH II 127
|UE||2||Exercises to Modern X-Ray Physics||
Responsible/Coordination: Achterhold, K.
Learning and Teaching Methods
An introduction to Synchrotron Radiation, Wiley, 2011
Jens Als-Nielsen & Des McMorrow
Elements of Modern X-ray Physics (2nd ed.), Wiley, 2011
Soft X-rays and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation, Cambridge University Press, 1999
Physik der Teilchenbeschleuniger und Synchrotronstrahlungsquellen, Teubner Studienbuecher, 1996
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.