General information:
Name:
Applications of Synchrotron Radiation
Code:
int.courses-248
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Semester:
Fall
Responsible teacher:
dr hab. inż. Sikora Marcin (marcins@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
dr hab. inż. Sikora Marcin (marcins@agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

The course shall familiarize students with unique research opportunities available at synchrotron light-sources, including examples of application and practicals at Solaris facility.

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 The ability to teamwork is developed during laboratory classes, especially with respect to coordination of the team, knowledge exchange and task sharing. I addition, active participation in the discussions during lectures and seminar classes shall develop skills related to effective exchange of ideas and learning via discussion. Participation in a discussion,
Involvement in teamwork,
Completion of laboratory classes,
Activity during classes
Skills
M_U002 Students shall acquire experience in preparation of the synchrotron based experiments, execution and conclusion of the measurements at large scale facilities, methods of data analysis and their interpretation. In addition, the skills related to reporting and scientific writing will be improved. Execution of laboratory classes,
Completion of laboratory classes
M_U003 Students shall gain experience in literature research, understanding of scientific writing as well as preparation of presentation and lecturing. Finally, the skills related to effective discussion and defending of ideas will be improved. Presentation,
Participation in a discussion
Knowledge
M_W001 Students acquire knowledge on the methods of generation of the intense electromagnetic radiation as well as on the basic phenomena related to its interaction with matter. They become familiar with the experimental techniques available at synchrotron laboratories, including their effective use to solve technical and scientific problems related to material science, chemistry, biology, geology and physics. Presentation,
Participation in a discussion,
Examination,
Completion of laboratory classes
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 The ability to teamwork is developed during laboratory classes, especially with respect to coordination of the team, knowledge exchange and task sharing. I addition, active participation in the discussions during lectures and seminar classes shall develop skills related to effective exchange of ideas and learning via discussion. - - + - - + - - - - -
Skills
M_U002 Students shall acquire experience in preparation of the synchrotron based experiments, execution and conclusion of the measurements at large scale facilities, methods of data analysis and their interpretation. In addition, the skills related to reporting and scientific writing will be improved. - - + - - - - - - - -
M_U003 Students shall gain experience in literature research, understanding of scientific writing as well as preparation of presentation and lecturing. Finally, the skills related to effective discussion and defending of ideas will be improved. + - + - - + - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 Students acquire knowledge on the methods of generation of the intense electromagnetic radiation as well as on the basic phenomena related to its interaction with matter. They become familiar with the experimental techniques available at synchrotron laboratories, including their effective use to solve technical and scientific problems related to material science, chemistry, biology, geology and physics. + - + - - - - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:

The course is aimed at future engineers and scientists willing to familiarize with the unique analytical techniques available at synchrotron and X-ray laser facilities.
The main focus is given to the applications of synchrotron radiation in the modern material science, biotechnology, environmental science, nanotechnology, and engineering.

Introduction to the origin and extraordinary properties of synchrotron radiation is given followed by the description of the physical phenomena observed when intense UV and X-ray beams interact with matter. Further lectures are reviewing the state-of-the-art techniques and advantage of using synchrotron light in materials characterization. The selected recent experimental results published in high profile scientific journals and synchrotron laboratory highlights will be presented. Methodology of experiments and main results will be explained, followed by the discussion of their impact on current and future technologies. In this way a comprehensive overview of diffraction (XRD, XRS, DXS), spectroscopy (XPS, ARPES, XAS, XES, RIXS, XMCD, NRS) and microscopy (X-ray tomography and ptychography, STXM, X-PEEM) techniques is provided.

Laboratory classes:

Laboratory classes shall familiarize students with practical issues regarding experiments at synchrotrons. They consist of discussion of the experimental strategy, writing up a proposal, preparation of the samples, experiment at Solaris synchrotron, data treatment, discussion of the results, and preparation of the final report. Many of these activities will be finalized by students at home.

Seminar classes:

During the seminar classes each student prepares a presentation (20-30min. long) describing results of a recent synchrotron experiment reported in scientific or engineering journals. Presentation will be followed by the discussion on the impact of the results on the technology, the possible follow up study as well as pros and cons of the technique used.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 140 h
Module ECTS credits 5 ECTS
Participation in lectures 18 h
Participation in seminar classes 9 h
Participation in laboratory classes 18 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 30 h
Examination or Final test 15 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 20 h
Preparation for classes 30 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

The final grade is calculated as weighted average of:
- seminar presentation (30%),
- report from laboratory classes (40%),
- oral exam (30%).

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Basic courses in physics, chemistry or material science.

Understanding of electronic structure of atoms, materials and molecules as well as basic knowledge in crystallography is expected (but not required).

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

Philip Willmott, An Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation: Techniques and Applications, Wiley 2011, https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119970958

http://www.lightsources.org/students

https://science.energy.gov/~/media/bes/pdf/Synchrotron_Techniques.pdf

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

1. Niéli Daffé, Marcin Sikora, Amélie Juhin, et al., Nanoscale Distribution of Magnetic Anisotropies in Bimagnetic Soft Core–Hard Shell MnFe2O4@CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles, Advanced Materials Interfaces 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201700599.

2. Joanna Stępień, Marcin Sikora, Czesław Kapusta, et al., Local atomic structure evolution in YSZ solid solutions upon Mn doping, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 2017, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2017.06.016.

3. W. Szczerba, M. Sikora, K. Mandel, et al., Spectroscopic Study of the Role of Metal Ions in the Adsorption Process of Phosphate in Nanoscaled Adsorbers Based on Metal (Zn/Fe/Zr) Oxyhydroxides, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2017, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04773.

4. M. Waśniowska, M. Sikora, A. Kozłowski, et al., Investigating the difference between Co adatoms states on surfaces of selected Bismuth-chalcogenides, Physical Review B 2015, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.92.115412.

5. Jacinto Sa, Jakub Szlachetko, Marcin Sikora, et al., Magnetic manipulation of molecules on a non-magnetic catalytic surface, Nanoscale 2013, https://doi.org/10.1039/C3NR02237D.

6. K. Pacławski, M. Sikora, XAFS in the tracking of reactions in aqueous solution: a case of redox reaction between [AuCl4](-) complex ions and ethanol, Archives of Metallurgy and Materials 2013, https://doi.org/10.2478/v10172-012-0113-5.

7. R. Sato Turtelli, N. Mehmood, M. Sikora, et al., Interplay between the cation distribution and production methods in cobalt ferrite, Materials Chemistry and Physics 2012, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matchemphys.2011.12.020.

8. Christoph Adelhelm, Martin Balden, Marcin Sikora, et al., Investigation of metal distribution and carbide crystallite formation in metal-doped carbon films (a-C:Me, Me=Ti, V, Zr, W) with low metal content, Surface and Coating Technology 2011, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2011.02.034.

9. Marcin Sikora, Amélie Juhin, Pieter Glatzel, et al., Strong K-edge Magnetic Circular Dichroism Observed in Photon-in–Photon-out Spectroscopy, Physical Review Letters 2010, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.037202.

Additional information:

The course is aimed at students willing to acquire knowledge on specific materials characterization techniques available at synchrotron light laboratories (more than 50 worldwide) and learn how to perform experiments at such a large scale facility.

Tentative schedule of the course is the following. Lectures (3h per week) will be given from week 2 to 7 of the semester, seminar classes (3h per week) from week 4 to 6, while laboratory classes (3h per week+6h at Solaris synchrotron) from week 8 to 12.

All the students enrolled shall contact the responsible teacher by e-mail by October 7th. The minimum number of students to run the course is seven.