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Synchrotron Characterization Methods in Fibre and Polymer Technology – Theory

Course content:

Theoretical descriptions on:

  • X-ray interaction with matter
  • Basics of synchrotron radiation and x-ray sources
  • Refraction and reflection from interfaces
  • Diffraction: X-ray diffraction, grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering
  • Scattering: X-ray reflectivity, small-angle X-ray scattering, grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering
  • Coherence: Coherent diffraction imaging, X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy
  • Applied examples of in situ and in operando measurements will deepen the understanding

Learning objectives:

The aim of this PhD course is to give a theoretical introduction into synchrotron-based characterization methods, which are especially useful for fibre and polymer technology, ranging from bulk material to thin films.

After completion of the course the doctoral student should have the knowledge and ability to

  • be able to explain the principles of synchrotron radiation generation and focusing
  • explain the functioning of a beamline at a 3rd generation synchrotron source
  • deduce key features in scattering patterns
  • analyze quantitatively atomistic and nanoscale information from experimental data
November 27- December 8, 2023




November 13, 2023


Stephan V. Roth and Mats Johansson


J. Als-Nielsen, D. McMorrow: “Elements of modern X-ray Physics”, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2011 J. Daillant, A. Gibaud (Eds.): “X-ray and Neutron Reflectivity”, Lecture Notes in Physics, Springer, Heidelberg, 2009 T.A. Ezquerra, M. Garcia-Gutierrez, A. Nogales, M. Gomez (Eds.): “Applications of synchrotron light to scattering and diffraction in materials and life sciences.”, Lecture Notes in Physics, Springer, Heidelberg, 2009


Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level and M.Sc. in chemistry, physics or comparable areas.

Course fee:

For Treesearch associated Ph.D-students and post-doc the course is free of charge. For persons from Industries associated to Treesearch the course cost is 5000 SEK for one person, 9000 SEK (4500 SEK/person) for two persons and 12000 SEK (4000 SEK/person) for three persons. For persons belonging to organizations not associated to Treesearch the cost is 21 300 SEK.

Course responsible:

Stephan V. Roth, Mats Johansson
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Course disposition: 10 lecture hours and individual home assignments.

The application is sent by e-mail to Mats Johansson or Stephan Roth

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