U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation and Applications course

Sponsoring University:

UC Santa Cruz


Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation and Applications


Fulvio Parmigiani, University of Trieste and Sincrotrone Trieste

Purpose and Audience
This course provides an introduction to the theory of synchrotron and free electron laser (FEL) radiations, the photon beam transport and the use of the synchrotron radiation to studying the radiation matter interaction. The course is designed for students and scientists interested in the physics and technology of the synchrotron light and its use as spectroscopic tool.

Undergraduate courses in electromagnetic theory and in quantum mechanics.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he or she meets the course prerequisites or has equivalent experience.

The first objective of the course is to give an introduction to the main properties of the synchrotron and FEL radiation properties from basics to coherence and coherence-related application (with photon beam transport and diffraction theory).  The second objective is to provide an updated overview of the main experiments and related physics, with synchrotron light, from absorption and photoemission to radiation scattering.

Instructional Method
This course consists in a series of lectures during morning sessions, followed by afternoon discussion sessions including sample problems in synchrotron radiation science. The lectures will introduce students to fundamental problems concerning the design parameters for banding magnets, insertion devices, photon beam transport and end-station design. The students will be required to solve basic problems and they will be graded on them. Homework problems will be assigned each day. There will be a final exam on the last day of the class.

Course Content
Introduction to the physics of synchrotron and FEL radiations. Fundamental properties of synchrotron and FEL light from basics to coherence and coherence-related phenomena. The spectral and time structure of the photon bunches, from the picosecond domain to the attosecond domains. Photon beam transport and X-ray optics.  Basic principle of the interaction between radiation and matter. Introduction to absorption, photoemission and scattering. Application of the synchrotron light to magnetic X-ray scattering, angle-resolved photoemission, inelastic X-ray scattering and new experiments in the time-domain.

(to be provided by the USPAS) "The Physics of Synchrotron Radiation", by Albert Hofmann, Cambridge University Press (2004). Additional course material will be provided by the instructor. Reading suggestion: "Soft X-Rays and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation" by David Attwood, Cambridge University Press (2007)

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance: homework assignments (50% of final grade) and final exam (50% of final grade).

IU/USPAS course number P671