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X-ray optics

X-ray optics
Type: Lecture Links:
Chair: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Semester: SS 2018

Date: 4.-7.6.2018
Place: 4.6.2018, 8h30 - 6.6.2018 12h: Seminar room SE202 in the international Department, Schloßplatz 19, Karlsruhe.
6.6.2018 13-17h: Building 50.35, seminar room 101
7.6.2018: KIT-CN, IMT, building 307, room 335


Dr. Arndt Last

SWS: 2
Lv-No.: 2141007
Exam: Oral exam, date by appointment

Date according to prior agreement; date and place will be published.
Registration: Date according to prior agreement with the students, please contact arndt.last@kit.edu until 17.4.2018!
Language: English

Additional information:

Lecture language: English
Study period: main study period

Course objectives:

The students from different backgrounds comprehend the physics of the generation, the basic laws of propagation in matter and the detection of X-ray radiation. They become acquainted with different types of X-ray optics and learn the characteristics of these optical components. They understand techniques to simulate these optics.

Learning targets:

The students

  • know the importance of X-ray optics in science and material analysis
  • can describe the basic phenomena of X-ray generation, propagation and detection
  • can calculate the optical path X-rays will follow
  • are familiar with different types of X-ray optics
  • can decide what X-ray optical component is suited best for what application
  • comprehend the concepts of refraction, reflection, diffraction and absorption and are aware of their importance in X-ray optics
  • know the differences between ray tracing and wave propagation methods and can assess what method is applicable in what case
  • conceive manufacturing methods of X-ray optics
  • know how to characterize X-ray optical components

Suggested literature:

M. Born und E. Wolf
Principles of Optics, 7th (expanded) edition
Cambridge University Press, 2010

A. Erko, M. Idir, T. Krist und A. G. Michette
Modern Developments in X-Ray and Neutron Optics
Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Vol. 137
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2008

D. Attwood
Soft X-Rays and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation: Principles and Applications
Cambridge University Press, 1999