Applications of Synchrotron Radiation



13 Feb. 2014: TODAY'S LECTURE IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WINTER STORM.  The next lecture will be next Thursday, 20 Feb. 2014.

27 Jan. 2014:

  1. The class schedule in SOLAR is incorrect.  The class will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  
  2. The first class will be held at Stonybrook.  As above, the location as indicated in SOLAR is incorrect.  The class will meet in the Theoretical Nuclear Physics conference room, which is on the C-level of the Physics Building (C-134). Again, the class will meet from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
  3. All subsequent class meetings will occur at Brookhaven National Lab, in the NSLS Seminar Room (NSLS == building 725).

10 Feb. 2014:

The class lectures are available on the "Course documents" page.  Please see the side bar on the left.

30 April 2014:

The class assignment (beam time proposal) is due TOMORROW, 1 May 2014.  You should submit it via e-mail.


INSTRUCTOR:    Darío A. Arena
                                Photon Sciences Directorate / Brookhaven National Lab
                                Office: Building 745 (LOB 5), Room # 110
                                Phone: 631-344-5303 (office) / 631-344-7290 (beamline)
                                       (rarely used)

This course provides an overview of synchrotron sources and selected techniques and applications.  It is intended for graduate students in a variety of disciplines who may use synchrotron methods in their research.  It is also of benefit for staff at synchrotron facilities who wish to develop a more complete picture of the research conducted at synchrotrons.  Overall, the course will focus on the principles of the major techniques employed at synchrotrons (diffraction, spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy), together with some selected applications.

The course will be taught by a team of instructors from the Photon Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Lab, complemented by additional lecturers from Stony Brook University and other institutions.  The required workload is rather small, and consists mainly of (1) attending most of the lectures ("most" will be defined later on); (2) writing a General User Proposal based on the standard format used for National Synchrotron Light Source; and (3) preparing a brief (~1 paragraph) critique of a one proposal submitted by another student in the course.   

As the amount of work is limited to the items detailed above, this course is not intended to meet the breadth requirement of the Physics and Astronomy Department at Stony Brook University.  For similar reasons, the course may not meet the degree requirements of other departments at Stony Brook University.  Students are strongly advised to discuss credit issues with the graduate program director in their home department.  


Meeting Time and Locations:  The first class will meet on Thursday Jan. 30 between 1 and 4 PM.  The first class ONLY will meet in room C-134 (Theoretical Nuclear Physics conference room) of the Physics Building at Stony Brook University.  All subsequent classes (that is, starting on Feb. 6 and continuing until May 8) will meet at the seminar room of the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS -- also called building 725) at Brookhaven National Lab.  

Transportation:  Students should plan on taking the SUNY-SB / BNL shuttle which leaves Stony Brook at noon.  There is a return shuttle to Stonybrook at 5:30 PM.  Transportation details to and from Brookhaven National Lab will be reviewed and discussed in the first meeting of the class on Jan. 30.  For additional information on the bus and bus schedule, please consult the SBU / BNL Shuttle Bus web page, which can be found here.  

ACCESS TO BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB: Students are strongly encouraged to register as a user with the NSLS.  You can find details on the process at the User Access for New Users web page.  You can also find additional information on registration at this location: 

The process for approval can take up to three weeks, and the time required increases considerably for users who are not U.S. citizens.  Please plan accordingly ahead of the Feb. 6 date.  


The schedule of the lectures is presented below.  As they become available, the schedule will also contain links for the lecture materials.  

The schedule of lectures is set through Spring Break in March.  Additional topics and speakers for the second half of the course are also listed below, but the dates for specific lectures are not yet finalized.  Note that the lecture schedule may change based on availability of lecturers.  Check with the instructor ahead of time for possible lecture adjustments.

Date  Lecture   Speaker Topic 
 Jan. 30  1 A & B  Darío Arena  Course Introduction + Overview of Light Interactions with Materials
 Feb. 6  2 A & B  Boris Podobedov  Principles of Synchrotron Radiation + Storage Ring Light Sources 
 Feb. 13  3 A & B  CANCELLED  Snow Storm
 Feb. 20  4 A  Abdul Rumaiz  Radiation Detectors
 Feb. 20  4 B  Mourad Idir  X-Ray Optics and Metrology
 Feb. 27  5 A & B  Toshi Tanabe  Insertion Devices & ID Magnets 
 Mar. 6  6 A & B  Peter Stephens  X-ray Diffraction
 Mar. 6  6 C  Ken Evans-Luderrot  Diffractive X-ray Optics
 Mar. 13  7 A  Joe Dvorak  Soft X-Ray Optics and Beam Lines
 Mar. 13  7 B & C  Bruce Ravel  EXAFS and XANES
 Mar. 27  8 A  Sanjaya Senanayake  Applications of Synchrotron Radiation to Catalysis and Chemistry
 Apr. 3  9 A  Alessandro Cunsolo  Non-resonant Inelastic Resonant Scattering (IXS)
 Apr. 3  9 B  Ignace Jarrige  Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering (RIXS)
 Apr. 10  10 A & B  Lars Ehm  High Pressure Research with Synchrotron Radiation
 Apr. 17  11 A  Larry Carr  Infra-red Spectroscopy and Methods
 Apr. 17  11 B  Elio Vescovo  Photoemission
 Apr. 17  11 C  Darío Arena  Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy
 Apr. 24  12 A & B  Robert Sweet  Macromolecular Crystallography (MX)
 May 1  13 A  Zhong Zhong  Diffraction Enhanced Imaging
 May 1  13 B  Sue Wirick  X-Ray Microprobe
 May 8  14 A  Juergen Thieme  Microscopy
 May 8  14 B  Lin Yang  Small Angle Scattering