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Subject: Imaging PhD Course: Applications with Synchrotron Radiation - Nov.
 17-21, 2008
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:00:02 +0100
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Imaging Applications
with Synchrotron Radiation

Prof. Ralf Hendrik Menk
Project leader, researcher Sincrotrone Trieste

Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria dell'Informazione
Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione
Via C. Golgi 40, 20133 Milano
November 17th to November 21st (4 hours a day)
Monday 17th 14:30-18:30, Tuesday 18th-Friday 21th: 9:00 - 12:00

During the past five decades synchrotron light sources and the 
associated optical components developed at an extremely fast pace 
providing a remarkable increase of intensity and brightness. Research 
using synchrotron radiation has emerged to be one of the most powerful 
tools in almost every field of science, especially when dealing with 
advanced imaging technologies. The optimal scientific use of synchrotron 
light sources depends crucially on the availability of appropriated 
detection devices. Thus detector development has become a priority in 
synchrotron radiation research and will require on the long run young 
researchers with insight in both, detector development and synchrotron 
radiation research. Synchrotron research offers excellent recruiting 
opportunities for trained detector developers in the next future.
The course, which would be the first one in its present form worldwide, 
is indented to cultivate PhD students with strong instrumentation 
background toward synchrotron radiation applications. Of special 
interest would be the emerging field of imaging applications with 
synchrotron radiation.
Starting from Maxwells' equations the course will firstly treat the 
generation of x-rays utilizing x-ray tubes and synchrotron radiation 
sources (5h). In the next step interactions of x-rays with matter will 
be treated using mainly the wave model of x-rays. Two different 
approaches in imaging namely direct absorption based imaging and Fourier 
scattering based imaging will be discussed (4h). The former encompasses 
plain radiographs and computed tomography while the latter deals with 
x-ray diffraction, small angle x-ray scattering but also x-ray 
fluorescence (3h).
The remaining time of the course will focus on advanced imaging with 
synchrotron radiation. The underlying theory will be discussed by means 
of applications in material and life science. To mention are here 
dichromography and multi energy computed tomography (2h), recently 
developed phase based imaging modalities called phase contrast imaging 
and diffraction enhanced imaging (4h) and fluorescence tomography / 
holography (2h).

Local contact: A.F. Longoni, 02 2399 6104,