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Captivating students’ personal interests and building from a highly accessible, 'first principles' approach into the development of genuine understanding, Synchrotron Science will dive into the physics, properties and scientific applications of the synchrotron.

Using synchrotron radiation as an anchor-point, students will explore related areas of science, creating a holistic view of the array of techniques available at synchrotron facilities and their impact on society.

Learning Outcomes

Over the course of a semester, students will have an opportunity to investigate and develop knowledge of:

  • the engineering decisions and physics constraints in designing and building a synchrotron;
  • the difference between electromagnetic radiation and nuclear radiation;
  • identification of chemicals and chemical bonds in materials through analysis of emission spectra and;
  • where the synchrotron science fits into the overall scientific landscape, both in Australia and worldwide.


Students will be required to complete on average 1 hour of homework per week for the duration of this course.


For successful completion of this unit students will be required to submit three assessment tasks. Students will also be assessed on regular attendance. 
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