MOCC: Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free Electron Lasers


EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) will give a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the , covering introductory aspects of synchrotron and XFEL radiation. A link to the course can be found at which more details can be found. 

The course is aimed at a broad audience and includes the following themes: 

1) Interaction of x-rays with matter; 
2) The production and physics of synchrotron and XFEL radiation; 
3) X-ray optics, beamlines, and instrumentation;
4) X-ray diffraction and scattering; 
5) UV and x-ray spectroscopies; 
6) X -ray imaging; 
7) Extra week on phasing techniques in macromolecular crystallography. 

The course begins on 5th March 2018 and lasts for nine weeks - each week consists of two to three videos, each approximately 20 minutes long, plus optional problems (and optional final exam). Enrollment on the course (see above link) is free; a Verified Certificate can be purchased at the end for those who so wish and have achieved the pass grade. 

This is an excellent opportunity, especially for younger staff and students, to learn more about the fascinating and interdisciplinary world of synchrotron science in an engaging and exciting manner!